7 Steps to Fire Safety in Your Condo
Fire safety is always an important thing to know about wherever you are. Here are some things to keep in mind to protect yourself from a fire.
Discuss Fire Protection System
Before you go ahead and purchase or rent out a unit from a developer, make sure to ask about the building’s safety procedures for certain risks. In this case, it’s fire. In the event that you don’t see a well-organized fire safety procedure, it’s better to look for another development entirely. However, if you’ve observed a well-planned system in place, it should be an important factor to consider once you decide to rent or buy a unit.
Once you’ve decided to rent or buy a condominium unit, you have the freedom to design it how you want (as long as it complies with the building rules). With the bare canvas your unit provides, it’s a good opportunity to purchase fire-resistant materials for your protection. These include materials such as dual-paned glass or tempered glass, concrete, stucco, gypsum or drywall, and bricks.
Going the extra mile of purchasing fire-resistant materials may cost more, but it’s an investment that will go a long way in ensuring your safety.
Fire Alarms and Extinguishers
The next step is to take advantage of technology available today to make your space as fire-proof as possible. While condominium buildings usually come equipped with their own fire safety equipment, it’s best to have your own up-to-date system that can be monitored even when you are not in your condo.
For instance, you can install battery-operated smoke detectors (SEE: Home Security Systems to Protect Your Home). Keep in mind that battery operated smoke detectors should be tested every three months. Moreover, if you’ve noticed that the condominium building lacks or does not have any fire safety equipment, it’s wise t take that building out of your options. Keep in mind that a reputable developer will always have a dependable fire alarm system.
Find the Exit
Make sure to familiarize yourself with the building. Keep in mind where fire exits can be found, as well as where fire extinguishers are kept. Condos should have an evacuation map available on every floor, study these plans well.
Avoid Fire Hazards
Electrical hazards are fire hazards. Make sure to unplug electronics that are not in use. Make sure to never overcrowd electrical sockets either. Flammable chemicals should also be secured and kept in a fire-safe area in the condo. Keep an eye on live flames from cooking or other hot objects, and never leave a candle burning unmanned. You should also avoid placing too many items from the doorway as it obstructs the way in case of evacuation.
Create an Evacuation Plan
We’ve given you the tips and tricks, but sometimes, a fire still manages to occur. Perhaps not in your unit, but your neighbor’s unit. In order to be prepared, it’s best you create your own evacuation plan. This means knowing which items should be saved - valuable items, insurance policies, contracts, important identifications, your pet if you have one, and so on. You can make copies of important documents and store it in a go bag that you can easily grab should an accident happen.
Be Cautious and Stay Calm
You’ve taken the precautions, but you also must keep in mind to stay calm. Remember to keep you cool during high-stress moments such as a fire, and you should be able to follow your evacuation plan with no further problems.