Two in 10 Americans live in an apartment or condo. That may not sound like a lot, but that translates to 56 million people! From 2010 until the end of 2019, Chicago added an average of 5,200 new apartments to the market each year. In Cook County alone, there are close to 800,000 rental properties, most of those being apartments. When it comes to the safety of all those individuals who live in apartments, they need to be aware of how to best protect themselves from fires because they face concerns that differ from those living in single dwelling homes.
For example, a free standing home will usually offer a number of escape routes in an emergency, but apartments commonly do not, especially those situated on upper floors. Additionally, apartments can be more perilous to live in because a fire that originates in one can affect several others. In fact, it’s unusual to go more than a month without seeing a story about a Chicago area multi-unit apartment fire in the news.
If you live in an apartment, this article contains some valuable fire safety tips to remember so you know what to do if a fire breaks out in your building.
Although the idea of an apartment fire can be terrifying, the building’s fire alarm system can help to warn residents of danger. Here are some points you need to remember concerning those fire alarms:
Evacuating an apartment building during a fire is a bit more complicated than evacuating a home. Follow these tips to help you prepare a fire evacuation plan from your apartment:
If you’re looking to rent a new apartment, first check any potential unit and building for working smoke detectors and fire alarms. Indicate any fire safety fears you have before signing a lease. If you’re a Chicagoland apartment building owner or manager who has experienced a fire loss, be sure to contact ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons immediately. We have the ability and resources to restore fire damaged structures quickly and efficiently to their original pre-loss condition, decreasing the amount of lost revenue you may experience.
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