Fire Safety in Apartments Checklist



Do not use a stove or oven to keep warm. This very dangerous practice often leads to a fire or injury to residents.


No heat, then get out. If there is a heating problem in a cuilding, notify the authorities immediately and try to find a safe and warm place to stay. Do not try to resolve the problem with unconventional methods.


Always turn off heaters. Turn off space heaters when not in the room or when sleeping and keep them at least 3 feet away from furniture, curtains, newspapers and any other objects.

4. Check electrical appliances, cords, and outlets. Make sure that all electrical appliances are plugged in properly, in good condition, and are not overloading one outlet.
5. Use appliances properly. Do not use electrical appliances for any other reason then what they are intended for. For example: don't use a space heater to dry clothes on or warm towels on.
6. Have an escape route planned. Everyone in the apartment should know the escape route in case of a fire. Try to have an alternative if one route is blocked by fire.

Have a community fire lesson. Ask the local fire deparment to come down and teach fire safety to everyone in the building.

8. Test smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors. These items should be in several location of the home ensuring that no matter where a family member is they can hear the alarm.
9. Have a working fire extinguisher handy. Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen and read the instructions to know how to use it properly in case of a fire.
10. Know your building's fire codes. Go to the local town hall and get a copy of what the local fire building codes are and report any conditions to authorities that landlords may be not doing.