Avoiding natural disasters isn’t something you can accomplish with 100% effectiveness, but there are many ways you can reduce the likelihood of a fire occurring inside your Albuquerque apartment. Further, there are some important steps you can take to keep safe when a fire does occur in your complex or in the vicinity of your apartment.
Here are some things to remember about making your Albuquerque apartment fire safe.
Identify Fire Risks and Eliminate Them
You may not realize a habit you engage in may cause a fire, and it’s important to examine your habits and your apartment to eliminate fire hazards. From creating escape routes in the event of a fire to ensuring fire detection equipment is installed (like smoke alarms), you can increase your chances of surviving a fire in your Albuquerque apartment or when one occurs in a neighboring unit.
Here are some items that your apartment property owner may choose to install, as well as some tasks you can consider to increase your fire safety:
- Emergency lighting in the hallways to help guide residents to the exits in the event of a fire that billows out thick smoke throughout the complex.
- Fireproof storage in the form of a safe or other inflammable container to ensure important documents and items aren’t burned in the event of a fire.
- Escape plans for the family to follow when a fire occurs and everyone must evacuate the building due to a spreading fire.
Revisiting fire safety procedures and equipment each year can help you remain safe and sound, so conducting a fire drill each year (even if it’s just you and a cat that needs to exit the building in the event of a fire) is a good idea.
Always Make Sure Smoke Alarms are Functioning
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends installing a smoke alarm inside every room of your apartment where someone normally sleeps. Not only is it important to ensure every occupant of the home is made aware of a fire, but it’s also essential to make sure that the smoke alarms have their batteries replaced each year (or whenever the alarms begin beeping periodically to let you know their batteries are wearing out).
“Have a smoke alarm inside each sleeping room. Test them every month. Replace the batteries every year. Tell your apartment manager if you think there is a problem with one of your smoke alarms.”
You’ve probably never tested a smoke alarm more than once a year, but testing them on a more frequent schedule can make all the difference in the event of a disaster or fire in your apartment complex. If you have a fire extinguisher in your apartment, it’s also important to make sure the device hasn’t expired. A simple inspection of the label on the extinguisher will show you the “use by” date.
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Whether you want a cozy studio, a well-appointed one-bedroom, or a spacious two-bedroom apartment in Albuquerque, Alvarado Apartments have you covered. Our bright and comfortable apartments are an easy space in which to create a home, and our community is full of friendly families. Get in touch today to arrange a tour and find your new home in Albuquerque.