Preventing Fires in Your NYC Apartment
How to prevent Apartment Fires-
Fires are frightening for everyone, but living in an apartment the fear can be greater and the risks are more present due to many factors. Living in close proximity to others it is impossible to control what they are doing, but there are steps you can take to make yourself more prepared. Below we have listed a few ways to keep yourself safe living in your NYC apartment.
Test fire alarms and change fire alarm batteries frequently- press the test button on your fire alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly. If you cannot replace them yourself contact your landlord or super as soon as possible.
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen- most fires begin in the kitchen, make sure to keep an up to date fire extinguisher rated for grease and kitchen fires.
Blow out candles- never leave a lit candle unattended, always blow them out before leaving even for a few minutes.
Keep it clean- make sure you avoid clutter in the way of exits as well as near any heat sources as this can feed a potential fire
Do not overload outlets- make sure you do not have too many things plugged into your outlets. Electrical fires can happen while you are not home and cause serious fires.
Plan how to get out- make an escape plan for you and anyone else living in your apartment, plan ahead to get you and your family out.
Be aware- finally, if you smell smoke coming from another unit call your landlord or super immediately, and if necessary dial 911