Courtesy patrols are becoming increasingly common “amenities” at certain apartment properties. To many renters, the extra safety measure represents a little more peace of mind. But to some, having a “security guard” on-site brings up a lot of questions. If the need of a courtesy officer in your apartment complex brings up more insecurity than calmness, put your mind at ease as we explain what courtesy patrols are, why they exist, and how they can help you! Read the rest of this entry »
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The spookiest day of the year is almost upon us! Though horror movies evoke fear of ghosts and apparitions, there are plenty of not-so-supernatural dangers to be scared of on Halloween. This fall, practice these 10 Halloween safety tips to keep yourself, your apartment, and your pets completely safe and completely un-scared. Read the rest of this entry »
Few feelings are worse than the one you get when your apartment is broken into. You frantically search for your most valuable belongings. You’re angry and scared. You feel violated and vulnerable. But all isn’t lost. Find out what to do when you experience the worst: an apartment break-in.
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 »
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 »
Between birthing classes and baby name books, expecting parents have a lot on their minds. To help make sure everything is ready for your upcoming bundle (or bundles!) of joy, try to keep things simple and stress-free. When it comes to childproofing your apartment, work smarter not harder. Follow our simple guidelines on how to make your apartment safer for its newest, and smallest, resident without giving yourself a headache in the process. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s one of a renter’s worst nightmares: you come home from work to find your carpet soaked and a burst pipe gushing underneath your bathroom sink. You don’t have the tools or expertise to fix it yourself… so what’s a renter to do? When there’s no time to waste and you need apartment maintenance, it’s good to know what you can do right away.
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.
Central Texas is facing the driest eight-month period in 116 years, and dwellers in Austin apartments have certainly felt the impact. The current drought is the third worst on record, with the last dry period of this magnitude being in 1917. Things are different this summer: floating down the Guadalupe River requires a hike down parts of rocky terrain, ants and flies are invading apartments and swarming home patios on a quest for water, bluebonnet season seemed like only one week long in the spring, and the Fourth of July fireworks show on Lady Bird Lake has been canceled for the first time in 35 years. In fact, The City of Austin has not approved any public fireworks shows for the upcoming holiday.
The drought and change in plans have left many Austinites wondering, “Hmm… now what am I going to do for the Fourth of July?” Since the public use of fireworks is restricted within a 5,000 ft radius of the Austin city limits, many residents of Austin apartments are traveling out of town to create their own show with friends and family. Some will also travel to Kyle, Texas to catch a glimpse of a public fireworks display. Big Fourth of July events in San Marcos, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Fredericksburg, Floresville, San Marcos, Schertz, and Lake Travis have also canceled their fireworks, but the accompanying festivities will still commence.
If you are planning to light fireworks on the 4th in Central Texas, here are some tips:
- The closest counties to Austin where personal use of fireworks are permitted for 2011 are Gonzales, Milam, Austin (county!), and Lavaca. There are other counties further south in Texas that are also allowing the use of fireworks.
- The use of fireworks in banned areas is considered a class C misdemeanor and is punishable for a fine up to $500. Don’t worry, you will not find places to buy illegal fireworks anywhere near these areas!
- Snakes, GlowWorms, smoke devices, wire sparklers, and trick noisemakers (party poppers, booby traps, snappers, trick matches, cigarette loads, auto burglar alarms) are not considered banned fireworks and can be used within the Austin city limits and most banned areas.
3 million acres have been destroyed by wildfires in the Central Texas region. Fires have already swept through areas of Oak Hill, near Hamilton Pool, and have even destroyed some Austin apartments in the city limits. Take safety precautions and make sure that the area around your apartment living quarters are safe from harm’s way this holiday. Have fun and a Happy 4th from the ApartmentLife blog!
5 Apartment Safety Tips to Help You Sleep Easy
Apartment safety tips may seem like common sense, but don’t get careless and leave yourself open to crime. Here are five apartment safety tips to consider. (Don’t forget to look into buying renters insurance, too!)
Apartment Safety Tip #1: Lock Your Door
Believe it or not, this is one of the most important apartment safety tips. Remember, most burglars are looking for the easiest opportunity. We’ve all left a door unlocked while we get the second load of groceries out of the car. You think you’ll just be gone for a minute, and you don’t want to have to fumble with the key again. You can always set the groceries down beside your door, unlock it, and pick them up again. Also, don’t leave a hidden key in a plant, under the mat, in a fake rock, or anywhere near your door.
Apartment Safety Tip #2: Leave the Light On
Leave a light on for safety, especially when you know you’ll be coming home after dark. If you’re worried about running up the utility bill and going through bulbs, use a compact fluorescent bulb. You might also put on some music at a low volume.
Apartment Safety Tip #3: Be Careful When Answering the Door
Don’t just open your apartment door to anyone, especially when you’re not expecting them. Use that peephole.
Apartment Safety Tip #4: Get to Know Your Neighbors
We recommend finding an apartment neighbor who can be a friend. You can look out for each other. Also, if you should have an emergency, strangers in your apartment complex may ignore you out of fear, but if they know you, chances are they’ll open the door or at least try and get some help.
Apartment Safety Tip #5: Improve Your Apartment Safety with a Pet
Thieves hate pets, especially dogs. Dogs, birds and even some cats can raise a very loud ruckus if a stranger enters your apartment. Consider seeking apartments that take pets and adopt a pet from the local animal shelter. Burglars will probably not want to come in, and you’ll have a great new friend.