Make sure you have smoke alarms that work.
The Fire Code requires working smoke alarm(s) in every apartment unit/mobile home. Existing apartments/mobile homes require smoke alarms in the hallway outside sleeping areas. Newly constructed apartments/mobile homes now require them IN the sleep room, as well. Remember to check the batteries once a month, and replace the batteries once a year.
The apartment/mobile home complex is required to have a fire extinguisher within 75-feet travel distance.
If extinguishers are not provided outside the apartments/mobile homes, then each apartment/mobile home is required to have one.
You should not use fixed or portable barbecues in or under any attached covered patios, balconies, covered walkways or roof overhangs.
When in use, barbecues should be located on ground level and be a minimum of 5-feet from buildings, structures, covered walkways or roof overhangs.
Don’t park in front of fire hydrants and don’t park in fire lanes.
Respecting the fire restrictions may literally save your life. When friends visit, be sure to remind them to park only in appropriate parking areas.
Never leave smoking materials burning. Never smoke in bed.
In 2001, the most common cause of apartment/mobile home fires was careless disposal of smoking materials.
Have a fire escape plan. Practice it.
Know at least two ways to get out of your apartment/mobile home. Pick a family meeting place outside the apartment building/mobile home. Don’t use elevators (they may take you right into the fire.)
Make sure there’s a number on your apartment/mobile home door.
If there isn’t, contact management.
Keep a copy of your apartment/mobile home number and apartment building number, inside your apartment/mobile home, near the phone.
The information will then be handy for babysitters, and it will be there if you panic.
Don’t run extension cords under carpets or from unit-to-unit.
They can easily overheat. Extension cords are for temporary use only. They are not to be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.
Get acquainted with the elderly folks in your building or community.
If there’s a fire, they may have extra difficulty getting out. You may be able to help them, or you can direct firefighters to the elderly person’s apartment/mobile home.