There are many items to use to prevent or stop fires in your apartment. Below is a list of ways all co-eds can follow to keep their space happy and safe.
- Have a fire extinguisher on every floor. If you have a bigger apartment, it will be safer to have two on each floor in easily accessible locations. Make sure they are for electrical fires too, as opposed to being extinguishers full of water.
- Keep a fire blanket in or near the kitchen. Become familiar with how to use the blanket. Read over the instructions at least once. Fire blankets can be found in a multitude of places, including online stores like Amazon.
- Attach a fire alarm to the ceiling of each floor. Make sure all fire alarms have working batteries and are near kitchens and rooms with fireplaces. Be sure to check the laws of your area because they may have requirements on where exactly to place an alarm.
- Know your exits and create an escape plan. Sometimes escape routes are listed throughout the building or are given out by the landlord. If they are not, confer with your roommates and agree on a plan incase of an emergency.
- Do not use frayed or cracked electrical cords. These can cause sparks and ignite anything within their reach. It is better to spend a little for new cords than to spend a ton if everything burned.
- Do not permit smoking of any type inside the building. Smoking is a good cause of fires in buildings. It is better to leave it for outside where it is less likely to set anything ablaze.
- Keep flammable products away from heat. Read over products to ensure they will not be affected by heat.
With these tips followed, your safety is all but insured. You can rest well and be confident that you are well equipped for the unforeseen. You can find more safety tips through your states fire department page, such as FDNY. Other apartment essentials can be found in Jessica’s Article: Apartment Essentials: Utilize Your Space.