As with all emergencies, fires don’t discriminate. They also don’t send an embossed invitation asking you to prepare, but we know from experience that preparation plays a huge role in the prevention of such an emergency. With the recent wildfires raging on the West Coast, we thought it would be a good time to touch on a few fire safety reminders.
Make sure your smoke alarm is in good working order. Test it frequently. If you are unsure how to test your smoke/carbon dioxide alarm, please check in with your community leasing office and maintenance supervisor. The National Fire Protection Association shares some great tips on smoke alarms.
Have an escape plan. Know where the nearest exit is that leads to an open, safe area, away from the building. Review the plan with each member of your household. If you are unsure what the best escape route is, check with your leasing office.
Mind these safety tips:
- Don’t place space heaters near drapery or any materials, including couches, chairs, or rugs. Pay special attention to the package instructions and use the appropriate and recommended electrical outlets. A 3-feet clearance area is recommended. Do not plug space heaters into an extension cord.
- Use surge protectors for all appliances. Any appliance cords that are frayed or worn should not be used.
- Do not store kerosene, propane, or other combustible materials inside your apartment home.
- Don’t run cords underneath rugs.
- Don’t leave candles unattended, ever.
- Don’t leave your apartment while anything is cooking on the stove or in the oven.
- Keep your oven and stove clean and free of grease spills.
- Clean the lint filter of your dryer often.
- Follow the safety rules when operating your fireplace and alert your community maintenance staff if there are any concerns.
First, call 911! If at all possible, before you embark on any kind of heroic measures like putting the fire out yourself with a fire extinguisher, call 911. They are equipped to handle the emergency and should be notified first.
Invest in a fire extinguisher and understand how to use it. Fire extinguishers aren’t much good if you don’t know how to use them. Above all, don’t stay to “fight the fire” if it is not safe to do so. This article gives a step-by-step guide of understanding the classification of a fire, the correct fire extinguisher to use, and this helpful acronym: P.A.S.S., meaning, Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep from side to side. Again, do not attempt to put out a fire if it is not safe to do so. Call 911 first!
Invest in renter’s insurance. Nothing has a higher value than your life and the lives of your loved ones. For your personal item, there’s renter’s insurance, which we strongly recommend in the case of all emergencies. Check with your local providers for price and service comparisons.
As always, your safety, well-being, and happiness is our primary concern at Weidner. Please communicate with us if you have any safety questions, concerns, or suggestions.
-The Weidner Team