Is your apartment fire safe? Whether you are a property owner or tenant, make usre you are aware of these five safety rules:
All residential buildings with three or more apartments must have self-closing doors. 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.
Property owners must provide and install smoke detectors. Tenants are required to maintain detectors, including testing at least once a month and replacing the batteries when necessary.
Property owners must post plans on the inside of every apartment door, common area, and distribute them to each unit, to new tenants,and annually during fire prevention week.
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.
Property owners must provide stove knob covers for gas-powered stoves where they know or reasonably should know that a child under the age of six resides. They must also provide stove knob covers to any households that request them.