Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Need to Know: Fire Safety


An apartment fire is one of those things you never think will happen to you. Most apartment fires are caused by kitchen fires, heating equipment (space heaters), smoking materials, and arson (like kids playing with matches).  These are mostly accidental and can happen to anyone.  Fires can get out of control fast so know how to prevent them and react quickly.  There are lots of easy things you can do to help prevent a fire from happening at your apartment.    

Prevention Tips

Don’t Overload Your Circuits

Instead use a power strip, they’re made with a safety mechanism that will automatically shut off in case of an electrical surge.  Remember to replace worn electrical cords and unplug small appliances when they aren't in use.

Light Bulbs

Be sure you’re using the correct wattage.  Don’t use a 100 watt bulb in a 40 watt socket, it leads to dangerous over heating.

Auto Shut Off

Make sure your hot appliances are set for automatic shut off.  Items like straighteners, coffee pots, and irons should always be turned off when you leave your home.  Auto shut off will give you peace of mind on busy mornings.

Clear the Clutter

When you’re using hot appliances be sure there’s plenty of space for it.  Keep tangled cords and stacks of paper away from hot surfaces.

Cooking 101

Don’t leave cooking food unattended and don’t throw water on a grease fire! The best thing to do is turn the appliance off and let it cool down.  If it’s in the oven keep the door shut to smoother the flame. You can also throw baking soda on the fire to help put it out. 

Clean Cooking Appliances 

Take the time to keep your oven, stovetop, and toaster clean.  Food build up can lead to fires, and nobody wants that.

Regular Testing

Make sure to check your fire and carbon monoxide alarms regularly as well as change the batteries.  If you're just moving in to your apartment double check the fire extinguisher is full and mark down its expiration date.

Smoking Material

If the apartment in non-smoking, DON’T SMOKE INSIDE! Otherwise be sure that you have a deep ashtray nearby whenever you smoke inside.  Be careful to properly extinguish the cigarette before throwing it away and NEVER smoke in bed. 

Storage

Don’t use your balcony for storage or grilling food if it’s not permitted.  Never store flammable liquids or compressed gasses (propane) in your apartment or on a balcony.  Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. 


What if there is a fire?

1.     Stay calm. Calmly make your way to the nearest exit and check to make sure the door isn’t hot.  If the door is hot use a secondary exit, like a window.  If it’s cool, leave through the nearest exit. 
2.     Never use an elevator.  You don’t want to get stuck in the elevator of a burning building.  Be safe and take the stairs.
3.     Do not go back in.  Don’t try to go back in for your possessions.  Call 911 and let the professionals handle the rest.  
4.     Stop, Drop, and Roll.  If your clothing catches fire remember the first rule of fire safety: Stop, Drop, and Roll! Don’t run around the apartment in a panic.  Put it out quickly by rolling on the ground. 
5.     Cool burns quickly.  If you or someone you know does get burned, it’s important to cool the burn as soon as you can.  The wound holds in heat that can continue to damage flesh even after the flame is out. 

Do you have any fire safety tips? Share them with us at allysonm@haverkamp-properties.com

2 comments:

  1. I found your post really helpful. Thanks for posting such informative content. Keep posting.

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  2. Really everyone must be aware of all safety measures that to be taken during any fire accident especially in the apartments. Thanks for sharing the post.

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