Do you and your family members know what to do in case of a fire emergency? Have you ever done a fire drill at your apartment/condominium? Maybe it is time to refresh your memory on fire safety tips – and be sure to remind your family members too!
Plan in advance and develop an escape route and a meeting place for your family, and practice it every few months.
How do I plan an emergency escape route?
- Know where the closest exit door/stairway is.
- Remember, NEVER use an elevator.
- Plan B – Know where the second closest exit door/stairway if the first is unsafe.
- Once everyone is in a safe area, count everyone and notify police or fire rescue if any people of pets are missing.
For assistance, meet with your building manager.
How can I avoid a fire emergency?
- Check your smoke detectors every six months (start/end of daylight savings time). Be able to recognize the sound of your smoke detector. Replace batteries when necessary or at least once a year.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Check for electrical hazards regularly, such as worn electrical cords, faulty appliances and overloaded extension cords.
- Never store flammable liquids in or near your home or vehicle.
- Never use stairways or balconies for storage.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
- Never smoke in bed – it’s the #1 cause of fatal apartment/condominium fires.
- Never leave lit candles unattended.
- In a blackout, avoid using candles – flashlights are much safer.
- Never leave electrical appliance such as irons & curling wands plugged in after use.
- Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from flammables such as furniture, curtains, bedding, toys.
- Never sleep with a portable heater still turned on.
- Never use portable barbecues indoors.
- Know where the closest fire extinguisher is, and how to use it.
- Have a first aid kit and know how to use it.
If your apartment/condominium building manager has not mapped out an evacuation process – it’s time to get fire safety prepared! For further assistance, South Florida residents/building managers should contact Boost Security to schedule a Fire Safety Evaluation & Resident Workshop.