Lexington, KY, August 6, 2013 / MM Global Wire/ — Apartment fires are serious, costly and deadly. The latest statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration show that in 2011 there were 364,500 residential building fires, which resulted in 2,450 deaths, 13,900 injuries and a loss of over $6 billion.
Lexington Apartment Guide provides these tips to prevent apartment fires and increase overall apartment living safety.
Every year nearly 1,000 people die in fires caused by smoking – more than 1/3rd of them are children of smokers. If you smoke, do it outside. Regardless of where you smoke use a deep and sturdy ashtray. Make sure ashes are completely extinguished by adding water to your ashtray after you are finished.
Children under the age of five are twice as likely to die in a residential fire than older children and adults. Parents should make sure smoke alarms are properly working. Store all lighters and matches in a child-proof location that is out of sight and reach of young children. Practice a fire escape plan.
Your property manager will routinely check the functionality of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Even so, you should check that they are working properly on a monthly basis.
General Things to Avoid
Self Cleaning Ovens
Avoid using self cleaning ovens. A little “elbow grease” won’t cause a fire, but burning off food and grease quite possibly will.
Clutter and Trash
Appliances with heating elements should be free of any clutter, paper, trash or plastic. Not only can the clutter catch on fire, it can also reduce an appliance’s ability to cool down and wires can overheat.
Don’t Use Water to Put Out A Grease Fire
Throwing water on a grease fire can cause the fire to spread rapidly. If you have baking soda, pour it onto the fire. If you do not, turn off the source of the heat, put a lid on the pot or pan, and let it cool down. Do not move the pot of pan.
Fire Extinguisher and Escape Plan
A fire extinguisher is your first line of defense when a fire is starting in your apartment. The moment you believe you cannot control a fire in your apartment, execute your escape plan, pull central fire alarms and call 911.
About Lexington Apartment Guide
Lexington Apartment Guide is dedicated to helping renters find the perfect apartment they will want to call home. We provide detailed information, photos and pricing on premiere apartments that fit all budgets. Renters can find the best apartments in Lexington by searching our full color magazine, or LexingtonApartmentGuide.com.