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Apartments and fire safety

Fire safety is a major concern for apartment residents in Florida. There are certain precautions that landlords should take to prevent fires and to warn everyone who is onsite of any potential hazards. Even if the property owner fails to do their part in keeping their property and tenants safe, there are also measures that residents can take to increase their safety.

Fire Safety for Property Owners

According to Green Residential, landlords should document all incidents, safety issues and actions they have taken to protect their residents and properties. Smoke and fire detectors should be placed in every apartment, common ways and access points. They should discourage tenants from smoking in their properties by implementing a strict no-smoking policy. Property owners should also take measures to ensure that their establishments meet local building and fire safety codes like performing frequent inspections, making timely repairs and providing proper notice to their tenants of any issues.

Fire Safety for Residents

Tenants should exercise good judgment when it comes to candle use. Apartment residents should avoid leaving candles unattended, especially when they are not at home. They should also make sure that their candles are not situated too close to anything, such as curtains, papers and other flammable items. Each day, there are reports of 29 home candle fires, states Apartment Therapy.

Residents should also make sure they are not overloading their electrical outlets and plugging up appliances that are broken and have frayed or damaged cords. The use of extension cords is meant to be a temporary solution. They should be unplugged when no one is home and when they are not in use. There should also have an emergency escape plan in place.

Fires can happen at any time. However, tenants and their landlords can lower their chances of being directly affected by one with the right fire safety precautions.

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