When we say “residential fire safety,” we’re not just referring to houses. Residential fire safety also applies to those living in apartments and condos, as well. Regardless of where you live, fire safety matters. Knowing what to do in the case of a fire emergency in an apartment or condo is crucial. Knowing how to prevent a fire emergency in the first place is even more critical. Keep reading as we share some essential tips on how to promote residential fire safety in an apartment or condo.
What You Should Do When a Fire Breaks Out
In the case of a fire emergency, it may be hard not to panic but try your best. Pull the fire alarm that’s near the closest exit and exit the building as quickly and safely as possible. Never use an elevator, and refrain from going back inside of the building. You may feel the need to help those that don’t leave the building right away, but this is dangerous.
What You Should Do After the Fire Happens
Unless fire marshalls say you can, once again, refrain from going back into the building. It may take time and money to replace valuables, but replacing a life is impossible. Be smart and safe. When it is okay to do so, see if any items are salvageable or still in good condition. This responsibility is not in the hands of your landlord or property management company. Organizations such as the Red Cross can help with housing, food, and clothing. Reach out to family members and friends first, if possible.
If you have renter’s insurance, then you should fine-tooth comb your policy to understand what your plan covers. Without renter’s insurance, you’ll most likely be responsible for replacing valuables yourself, if you partially or wholly caused the fire. Your landlord will most likely hold you liable. If the fire outbreak was not your fault, then compensation may be due, depending on the circumstances. If your building is no longer safe to live in, then it’s highly likely that you may receive compensation and no longer need to make payments.
What You Should Know Before Renting an Apartment
When going on an apartment or condo tour, make sure the building seems safe and up-to-date. If you don’t see apparent indicators of a fire excavation plan, then that’s a red flag. Proactively ask the property manager or landlord about fire safety plans. There’s no such thing as too much research.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.