Is your apartment fire safe? Here are some of the things you need to protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors:
Self-closing doors are required in all buildings with three or more apartments. They should never be blocked and can help contain a fire from spreading through a building. Make sure your apartment door can be opened from the inside without a key, and that this primary exit is free from obstructions.
Smoke alarms must be provided and installed by your landlord and should be maintained by you the tenant, including testing at least once a month and replacing the batteries when necessary. Learn more about smoke alarms
Clear and Unobstructed Exits
Exits must be cleared of all obstacles on fire escapes, in hallways and by all entrance doors to a building, including roof doors. Only approved security gates that open without the use of a key may be installed on the fire escape window or any secondary exit on grade level.
Additional fire prevention tips:
- Do not place flammable objects near your radiator
- Do not use your stove or oven as a source for heat
- Do not leave space heaters unattended
Contact your landlord if your front door does not self-close (if you live in a building with three or more units), if you do not have a functional smoke alarm, or if there are obstacles blocking apartment exits.
If these problems are not fixed, contact 311 to register a complaint