There are almost 100,000 apartment fires each year which kill over 300 and injure nearly 4,000 people. Many of these fires occur in Alabama. There are special areas of concern when it comes fire safety in apartments. Families in apartments live closer together; affecting each other’s risks associated with a fire. While the chances of a fire starting in an apartment are about the same as in a private home, apartment fires have the potential to spread fire, heat and smoke throughout the entire building which can affect the safety of all occupants.
Often times these fire deaths and injuries are the result of landlords and property owners failing to take the appropriate actions to make an apartment complex safer when a fire occurs. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and others from a fire emergency:
- Make sure all smoke detectors in your apartment are working properly – and change out the batteries every six months (on the first day of Spring and the first day of Fall are good times).
- Purchase your own personal fire extinguisher and keep it in a readily accessible place – the cost for these potentially life saving devices is as low as $15.00.
- Know your fire escape routes because there may be more than one way to exit your apartment in a fire emergency – a balcony for instance.
- Make sure all your windows can open safely from the inside – if you are trapped, opening your window may be your only way to signal to fire department personnel your need for rescue.
- Finally, do not be afraid to ask your landlord to install fireproof entry doors with self-closing mechanisms – most hotels have been installing these types of fire safety doors for many years.
We hope this information will help keep you and your family safe if a fire starts in your apartment building.