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Prepare Your Apartment/Condominium for a FIRE Emergency


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Smoke Alarms
YOU are responsible for maintenance, testing your smoke alarm and replacing the batteries
  • Have a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and one on every level of the apartment/condominium.

    Checking Smoke Detector

  • Check alarms monthly (by pushing the test button & listening for alarm.)
  • Change your batteries twice yearly during day light saving time (change your clocks, change your batteries.)
  • Dust is your smoke alarms #1 enemy. Vacuum dust from the grill of your detector twice a year.
  • Replace your smoke alarm every 10 years.

Exits/Access Clear

  • Check for locked or barred exit doors in the hallway. They should open easily from the inside.
  • Keep access to your apartment/condominium clear and open by keeping storage away from doors and windows.
  • Remove or report any combustible storage found under stairwells or blocking hallways.
  • Make sure your address is clearly visible from the street for emergency responders.
  • Post your address and phone number in the apartment/condominium for babysitters and visitors.
Escape Plans
Most people die from smoke, not fire. The goal here is to practice getting away from the smoke.
  • Have two plans or routes of escape from your apartment/condominium and agree on a meeting place outside.
  • Practice using both ways out closing doors behind you to prevent the spread of fire.
  • Draw, plan, and practice your escape routes every 6 months.

    Draw and plan your escape route every 6 months

    Practice your escape routes every 6 months

  • Locate fire alarm pull stations in your building and know how to use them.
  • Teach young children that they must escape from a fire and never hide.
  • Encourage management to schedule regular Fire Drills for all residents.

Fire Extinguisher

  • Have an all purpose fire extinguisher available hanging by your exit.
  • Learn the limits of your extinguisher and use it only on small fires.
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