Tenant Tip Tuesday: Fire Safety

Jun 20 2017

Fire safety in residential apartment buildings has been pushed to the forefront of everyone's mind.

 

The safety of our tenants is our utmost priority, that's why we ensure all of our buildings meet fire code including fire-stops and magnetic locking doors.

 

Apartment fires can only be prevented by you, our tenants. Always be sure to:

  • Never leave candles unattended
  • Completely butt out any cigarettes
  • Avoid smoking in bed
  • Avoid open flames near any flammable material
  • Never leave cooking unattended 
  • Participate in monthly fire drills
  • Ensure fire alarms are functioning and unobstructed

 

If there is a fire alarm

In the case that a fire alarm does sound not during a drill, you have two options to leave the building or stay in your suite. We encourage our tenants who are able to, and if safe, to leave the building in the event of a fire alarm.

 

If you leave the building:

  • Check the door for heat and/or smoke; if there is do not open the door
  • If safe, take your keys, lock your suite, and exit to the nearest stairway
  • If safe, exit by the stairs to the main floor and outdoor exit
  • Never go to the roof or attempt to take the elevator
  • If you encounter smoke, stay low, crawl under smoke
  • Listen for instructions from authorities
  • Do not re-enter the building until instructed that it is safe to do so

 

If you stay or are unable to leave the building:

  • Leave your apartment door unlocked
  • Use duct tape to seal around your suite door and place a wet towel at the bottom of the door to block out as much smoke as possible
  • Go to the most smoke-free room or balcony
  • Open the window for fresh air
  • Attract attention – ie: flash lights, make noise, hang a sheet out the window
  • Listen for instructions from authorities

 

We encourage all of our tenants to take the time to put together an emergency safety plan with their family. Fire safety is up to all of us!