Apartment Safety Information

Preparing for an Emergency

Smoke Alarms

  • Check smoke alarms monthly (push test button and listen for alarm)
  • Change your batteries at least once per year
Escape Plans
  • Have two clear exits from every room
  • Draw and practice your escape plan with other occupants
  • Have an escape ladder if you are above the first story
  • Always close doors behind you to block smoke and stop the spread of fire
  • Determine a meeting place so that you will know where your family members are and if they're safe
    • Apartment fire:
      A safe distance from the building
    • Emergencies where it is not safe to stay in the neighborhood:
      A safe distance from the neighborhood
Clear Access / Doors
  • Keep access to your apartment clear with storage items away from doors and windows
  • Keep all combustible storage out of stairwells
  • Make sure your address is clearly visible from the street for emergency responders
  • Post clearly visible address and phone number inside apartment for visitors and babysitters
Fire Lanes
  • Areas marked Fire Lane or red/yellow curbs must remain clear at all times. It is critical for emergency responders to have quick and unobstructed access to the entire complex

Preventing an Emergency

Heating Equipment

  • Provide at least 18 inches of clearance when using baseboard or portable heaters
Electrical Safety
  • Do not use extension cords on a long term basis instead of permanent wiring.
  • Avoid use of extension cords where they may be tripped over.
  • Unplug small appliances when not in use
  • Inspect circuit breakers, tripped breakers may be a sign of serious electrical problems
Safety First
  • Don't leave candles unattended
  • use candles in an open area away from combustibles
  • Don't leave children alone with lit candles
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Turn off stovetop; don't leave food cooking on the stove unattended.

Emergency Medical
False Alarm
Good Intent