When you are apartment hunting or looking for a place to rent, one of the things you want to make sure of is whether the place is fire-proof or not. You don’t want to have to worry about another Grenfell Tower incident.
Good news is, most fire incidents can be prevented by taking necessary precautions. According to statistics, most residential fires are caused by human error, faulty electrical wirings and appliances, smoking and curious children.
So when you’re checking out a place to rent or a home to buy, here’s a checklist you can use to guide you in making sure that your new place is safe from fire.
1. Check out where the fire exits are. Or if there isn’t any. Knowing the location of the fire exit is important because you have to know where to go when an emergency occurs. Check if the fire exits are easily accessible and are free of any blockage.
2. Ask for a copy of the fire plan. Every building should have a fire plan that lists down what every resident has to do when a fire breaks out. If there’s no fire plan, find a different place to rent or buy.
3. Find out where the fire alarms, fire extinguishers and other fire protection devices are. Proper installation of fire safety devices contributes to the early detection of fire and those few extra minutes can make a huge difference during an emergency. Fire alarms are usually placed in every bedroom, basement, outside the sleeping areas, on every level of the home, in the living room or in the stairway going to the upper levels. If you think there are not enough fire alarms, you can contact your local fire protection company to have them installed and to update you fire protection services in the process.
4. Make sure the fire safety devices are working. What’s the point of having them installed if they won’t work anyway? The first thing you have to do after moving in is to replace every fire alarm’s battery and test if they are in good working condition. Replace fire alarms that don’t respond even with new batteries.
5. Check the latest fire safety inspection report. Buildings are subject to regular fire inspections to ensure that they are safe for dwellers.
The type of building or apartment you live in greatly affects your chances of survival in cases of emergency like fire. Knowing whether you live in a fire-proof or non-fire-proof building can save lives.