Apartments and Condos
Every resident of an apartment building or high-rise should plan to be fire safe; it's everyone's responsibility. Follow the important fire safety and prevention tips below so you will be better prepared for fire planning ahead for a fire could save your life.
- Keep your apartment key in easily accessible place. If you are forced to leave because of fire, taking key with you because you may need to reenter your apartment and wait for firefighters if your exits a block.
- Be sure to maintain all smoke detectors in your apartment. Test them at least once a month and change their batteries twice a year.
- Report all fire hazards, like piled up trash or blocked exits, to your buildings superintendent. If your superintendent doesn't correct the problem, report the condition to your local fire department.
- Cooking fires are the leading cause of residential fires so take care when in the kitchen. Put a lid on grease fires, never use water. And never leave cooking unattended.
What to do if there is a fire in your apartment
What to do if there is a fire in your building
- What to do and that is a fire in your building
- Before trying to leave your apartment, be sure to feel the door with the back of your hand. If the door feels warm, do not try to open it. Stay in your apartment.
- Seal your door and any other openings with wet towels, sheets, or tape.
- Turn off your air conditioner to key smoke from entering your apartment.
- Fill your bathtub with water so you can wet down the front door if it gets hot.
- Call the fire department to give them your exact location. Do this even if you see firefighters on the street below.
- If there are no flames or smoke coming from below, open your window at the top and bottom, but do not break it. You may need to close it later.
- Remain calm and wait for firefighters.
Hotel Fire Safety
- When making reservations, inquire about the property smoke detectors and fire sprinklers.
- Be sure to pack a flashlight in your suitcase. Fight quickly turns very dark with thick smoke and a flashlight can come in handy.
- When you arrive, learn where the exits are and locate the two exits from your floor before you even enter your room.
- Check the phone in your room for instructions on how to report an emergency.
- Study the window and air conditioner system in your room. Make sure you know how to turn the A.C. off in the event of a fire to key smoke out of your room.