Apartment life offers many conveniences. But there are also some risks involved. For example, you can’t control what the person in the apartment next door does, even though you both share a wall, a roof, etc. That proximity and shared space mean it’s even more important to avoid apartment fires by practicing fire safety. Read the rest of this entry »
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Life with a roommate is complicated. Sure, splitting rent and chores can be awesome, but life à la roommates can quickly turn as sour as the carton of milk they simply won’t throw out. Maybe they’re always eating your food, never take the trash out, or can’t seem to pay their portion of the rent on time (uh, THAT’S a problemo!). Whatever the case may be, roommate troubles can really suck the enjoyment out of spending time in your apartment. Address your roommate problems with these surefire strategies for resolving roommate conflicts with less stress and more success! Read the rest of this entry »
Cats love apartments. The sunlight streaming through the windows. The comfy chair or couch on which to spend afternoons. The screened-in patio to go on lizard-hunting adventures. All this adds up to a perfect dwelling for cats. This is why, when searching for a new home for you and your feline friends, apartment living rocks! Read the rest of this entry »
There were 405 deaths and 3,025 injuries due to fires in apartment buildings in 2015 (NFPA Statistics). If a fire breaks out in your apartment building, think before you freak—learn what to do, how to protect yourself, and how to care for those around you. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple pie, baseball, and pyrotechnics – the epitome of American pastimes! America’s birthday is coming up and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some great food, maybe some live music, but especially with a great fireworks show. And while the Macy’s Firework Show in New York City may be America’s largest Independence Day firework display, it’s certainly not the only one! From coast to coast, check out these hot spots for fireworks that’ll have you packing for a weekend road trip in no time. Read the rest of this entry »
October 4th – 10th is Fire Safety Week, so we’ve assembled a list of important things to keep in mind when preventing fires, planning escape strategies, and responding quickly in the event of an apartment fire.
1. Practice Fire Prevention
One of the most important things you can do to prevent fires is to be proactive. Fortunately, there are a few simple tasks you can perform to save a lot of trouble. Smoking is the number one cause of fires, so make sure to put out your cigarettes completely, and to never smoke in bed. Another important tip is to avoid keeping any flammable liquids inside of your apartment, and to make sure that your matches and lighters are stowed out of reach of children. Lastly, make sure that you’re practicing safe electrical outlet protocol: don’t use frayed cords, overload your outlets, or keep liquids nearby.
Most people try to not set their homes on fire. But maybe you’re feeling a bit nonconformist. If so, we recommend starting out by setting your kitchen ablaze* since it’s the number one place where home fires start. With these tips, setting fire to your kitchen will be a snap:
1. Leave the Stove Unattended
If you’d prefer to not be there when the fire starts, we recommend leaving something on the stove unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number one cause of kitchen fires is leaving food unattended while it cooks on the stove. So turn the heat way up, and walk away.
2. Throw Your Timer Out
As your mom probably taught you, you should always use a timer to check your food regularly to make sure that it doesn’t go up in flames. But if you want your food to really burn, throw away that timer and wait. You’ll eventually see a nice, thick smoke, and when that happens, you know you’ve done it right.
3. Collect More Clutter
You should keep oven mitts, paper towels, dishtowels, and anything else that is flammable as close to the open flame as possible. If you’re lucky, one of these items will be set ablaze.
4. Dress the Part
If you’re a risk taker, and a more advanced fire starter, you can wear baggy clothes or flowing sleeves when you’re cooking in the kitchen. Loose clothing is extremely susceptible to catching fire because it tends to get pretty close to heating elements when you’re taking things in and out of the oven or standing near the burner when it’s on.
5. Dirty the Stove
When you’re cooking, if your stove or oven is dirty, you’re just begging for a fire to start. Who knew starting a fire could be so easy? So don’t clean your stove after each use, or wipe up any spills, because grease buildup is flammable.
6. Quickly Throw Grease Out
A cool fire to start is a grease fire. All you have to do is throw your grease in the trashcan when it’s still hot and bubbly. By doing this, the grease has the potential to set things in your trashcan on fire, and create one hot mess. How fun!
7. Disable Smoke Detectors
Batteries in smoke detectors are supposed to be changed twice per year to ensure they function properly. But if you want to watch your work burn for a while, just throw out the batteries that are in all of your smoke detectors and get cooking.
* We in no way actually recommend setting your kitchen on fire. It’s a really terrible idea that can lead to extensive property damage, severe bodily injury, and even the loss of life.
In fact, you should do the exact opposite of everything outlined in this article. Keep a close eye on your food while it cooks and on your timer. Keep clutter, clothing, and spills away from heat sources. Don’t dispose of grease until it has cooled. And keep those smoke detectors in good, working order.
What could be nicer on a cold winter evening than a crackling fire? Most apartments unfortunately do not have that beautiful, warm and toasty fireplace. But if you are one of the few that have a working fireplace in your apartment, count yourself lucky. Your landlord should ensure that the chimney is working order. But inside the apartment, safety of operation is in your hands. Here are some tips to maintain apartment safety when you have a fireplace.
Make sure smoke alarms are in working order. Smoke alarms are vital to apartment safety. Check them once a month, and replace batteries at least once a year.
Use a mesh screen. For apartment safety, keep the screen closed when a fire is lit. If the fireplace doesn’t have a built-in screen, get one that completely covers the front of the fireplace. This will keep sparks from popping out and igniting nearby materials.
Keep the fireplace area clear. This is another important apartment safety tip. Anything flammable such as paper, furniture, rugs, and wood should be kept at least 3 feet from the fireplace.
Never start a fire with gas or other flammable liquids. Flammable liquids release vapors that can explode, endangering your apartment safety.
Have a fire extinguisher on hand. This device helps to ensure your apartment safety. If an extinguisher is not present, ask your landlord to provide one or purchase your own.
Use the damper correctly. For apartment safety, be sure the damper is open when you start a fire. Close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.
Be careful what you burn. Your apartment safety depends on it. For example, do not burn a green Christmas tree, which can throw off lots of sparks and cause a chimney fire. If you burn newspapers, remove the color sections—they can release toxic gases when burned.
Never leave a fire unattended. Extinguish a fire before you go to bed or leave your apartment. Safety precautions like this can help protect you and your belongings.
Practice good fireplace apartment safety, and you’ll be able to enjoy those cozy fires on chilly nights without worry.
If you don’t have a fireplace and would like one, why not look for a new apartment? Safety, location, price, and other features are all things you’ll want to consider. Search our listings of Seattle apartments, Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, and Austin apartments to find the perfect new home for you.
The apartment fire question is a tough one, but one that needs to be asked: How prepared would you be if an apartment fire happened to you? While you may take care to prevent a fire — by unplugging irons after use, not leaving the oven or stove-top burners on unattended or for too long, et cetera — there’s always the possibility that your neighbors aren’t as cautious, or that an accident could happen. But no matter how an apartment fire starts, one thing is for sure: You need to be prepared. Here are some things to consider.
Get Renters Insurance
Many renters assume that should their property be destroyed or stolen, their landlord is responsible for replacing it all. This is not true — landlords are just responsible for the building. Buying renters insurance is a necessity, and it’s more affordable than you may think. While it may seem like a hassle and an added expense, you will be very glad you got it if something happens to your possessions.
Pack a Grab and Go Emergency Bag
It’s something that seems silly, but like renters insurance, you’ll be glad you had it if you ever need it. Pack a few days’ worth of clothes and maybe even a list of important phone numbers. Having this ready and in an easily accessible place means you’ll be less likely to want to run around and gather things before you vacate. In a fire, getting somewhere safe as soon as possible is extremely important.
Check Smoke Alarms and the Fire Extinguisher
When you first move into your apartment, you’ll want to check to make sure the smoke alarms and the fire extinguisher are working. If your apartment does not have these things, speak with your apartment manager immediately. Definitely be sure to check them regularly to make sure they are in working order. If they aren’t, put in a maintenance request to have them fixed. You may also want to learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher. These devices could wind up saving your life.
Make an Escape Plan
Perhaps the most important thing here, an escape plan will help you figure out the best and fastest way to get out of your apartment in a disaster situation. Know all the ways you can exit — at least two. If you don’t live on the ground floor, you may consider getting a fire escape ladder so that you could get out through a window. If you live in a building with elevators, know where the stairways are, as you should never take an elevator in a fire. You’ll want to not only make an escape plan, but try it out.
Of course, these are all just suggestions for safe living — there are many, many more ways you can and should prepare for an emergency. Every apartment is different. To get more information on how to best be prepared for an apartment fire, you can contact your local fire department or talk to your apartment manager.
Protect Yourself Against Apartment Fires
Residential fires, either in your single-family dwelling or apartment, are frightening for all involved. However, there are steps that you can take to help ensure that you, your pet and your family are safe even in the incidence of a fire. Read the rest of this entry »