How Safe is Your Apartment Building?
Jun 19, 2017 // Other //

The Grenfell Tower fire in London is a horrible tragedy that has shocked people around the world. As of this writing, the death toll is at 79 and likely to rise. The official investigation is just getting underway, but preliminary reports state that the building did not have a sprinkler system. Questions have also been raised as to the quality of some of the building materials, with accusations of government cost-cutting resulting in low-grade substitutions possibly contributing to the way in which the blaze spread so rapidly through the structure.

If you live in an apartment building, chances are you have given some thought about what you would do in the case of such a fire. However, it is helpful to give such an occurrence serious consideration. Here are some things you can do to help ensure the safety of yourself and your family:

  • Fire Alarm. Is the fire alarm in your unit functioning properly? Test it. If it is not working, report this to the management immediately. Keep spare batteries on-hand.
  • Know Your Escape Route. Do you know how to get out of your building safely if a fire broke out? If the management has not provided information about escape routes, ask for it. Never use the elevator under these circumstances.
  • Fire Alarms on the Floor. Do you know where they are? Do you know how to activate them?
  • Meeting Place. Arrange with your roommates a place where you can meet should a fire break out. That way, if you get separated, you will know that everyone has made it out safely.
  • If you have mobility issues, it is imperative that you let your building manager know that you will need assistance getting out of the building in the case of an emergency.
  • If fire traps you in the unit, use towels to block all areas where smoke can enter and be sure to call 911 and let them know your location and situation.

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