Although the weather is cooling down significantly in Texas it does not deter the need to focus on fire safety in apartment complexes.
On Oct.4, an entire building at Tramor at the Hills on the northwest side of Austin went up in flames at 4 a.m. causing 1.5 million in damage. The 18 unit building was difficult to evacuate thanks to its location at the bottom of a steep hill. Thankfully, no injuries or deaths were reported, and the cause was not discovered.
Fires may not always be preventable, but there are ways to make sure you’re safe should the horrible occasion occur.
- Know your exits. Always know the primary or first exit, and the secondary exit. The primary exit is your apartment door, and the secondary exit is usually the fire escape.
- Keep all exits clear and working. Make sure exits are not blocked obstructed, and that the apartment door locks can be turned from the inside with a thumb turn.
- Security. Although burglar bars, and window security gates are helpful, they can also become a huge fire hazard in the event of a fire. Make sure the gates are approved for fire safety, and can easily be removed by a tool or key. Fire escapes are crucial for apartments with any type of security gate on the window or door.
- What kind of building do you live in? A non fire-proof building generates life threatening heat and smoke should a fire occur; it’s essential to get out of a non fire-proof building immediately. If you live in a fireproof building it’s best to stay inside your apartment with the door closed rather than entering smoke filled hallways. Turn off air conditioners, open your windows a few inches at the top. Never break the windows as they may need to be closed later. Of course always call your local fire department to make sure help is on the way.
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