Apartment Fire Safety Tips

You may be well-versed in fire safety tips for homes, but living in an apartment building presents a different set of concerns that you need to acknowledge. Fires should always be taken seriously, especially for those who live on a high floor of an apartment building. On top of this, January is known to be one of the top months for apartment fires because of the cold, dry air. Roughly 45 percent of apartment fires occur between the evening hours of 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm. However, if you are aware of the risks that apply to your particular building, you can help reduce your risk of injury.

 

Invest in the Right Products

Do your part in making sure that you will be protected in the case of a fire. Buying a fire-resistant safe is a great place to keep all of your valuables such as extra credit cards, your passport, checks, and other small valuables. For extra protection, items like a fire blanket can give you peace of mind while taking up minimal space.

 

Have a Game Plan

If a fire were to start in your apartment building, do you know what your escape route would be? Start by counting the number of doors between your unit and the nearest fire exit. Look around your floor to make sure you know where all of the exit doors are, and make sure to establish an evacuation plan that you practice regularly. If a fire does start, don’t prop open any exit or stairway doors.

 

Stay Outside

Once you have safely evacuated your building, do not go back inside. If you are worried someone is still inside, make sure to alert firefighter where you think they are. Only go back inside once firefighters tell you that it is safe to do so.

 

Apartment Fire Prevention

  • Make sure to stay safe and prevent fires from starting in your apartment with the following tips:
  • Use surge protectors to keep appliances safe
  • Don’t overload circuits
  • Don’t use cords that are frayed or cracked
  • Don’t run cords under rugs or between rooms
  • Never leave a portable space heater unattended
  • Ensure children cannot reach matches or lighters
  • Don’t store flammable items inside of your apartment
  • Never leave candles burning unattended
  • If you are cooking something, don’t leave food unattended on the stove

 

If you’re in need of any fire safety equipment for your apartment, such as a fire resistant safe, browse our products on the First Alert website.