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How do I protect myself from an apartment fire?

Living in a high-rise apartment in Florida has its advantages, but it also carries some risks. One of your foremost concerns should be – how do I protect myself from an apartment fire? According to TJ Woods Insurance Agency, Inc., “due to the close proximity of individual residences inside of multiple tenant residential buildings, more people can be injured in apartment fires.” You should not sign a lease until you have checked and verified that the complex has working fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and other fire safety equipment. You should also check to see if the building is up-to-date on all of its fire inspections, building regulations and codes.

To prevent yourself from becoming a victim of an apartment fire, you should use the stairs instead of the elevator to avoid becoming trapped. Drop to the ground to minimize your exposure to smoke and crawl your way to the nearest exit. Make sure any doors that you come in contact with are cool to your touch before you open them. Do not go back inside of the complex for anyone or anything. Call the fire department as soon as you are able to inform them of the situation. If you are trapped inside of the building, inform the authorities of your location inside of the complex. Use wet towels and blankets to completely seal vents and any warm doors that are surrounding you.

Even if there is no fire present you should still take some precautions. Take all fire alarms, drills and announcements seriously. Establish a fire escape routine and route. Always watch cooking food and keep flammable materials and combustible items, such as lighters and matches away from children in a safe area where they cannot access them.

Apartment fires can be very dangerous situations. However, making fire safety a priority before you move in can help reduce your chances of being involved in one.

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