Here are 10 essential fire prevention tips, broken down by category, which could potentially save the life of you and your pets.
1.) Don’t leave cigarettes unattended. Unattended cigarettes are the #1 cause of apartment fires.
2.) Blow out lit candles when leaving a room. Never leave lit candles unattended.
3.) Make sure candles are away from areas where they could get knocked over and/or catch something on fire.
4.) Do not use frayed or cracked electrical cords.
5.) Keep hair dryers unplugged when not in use.
In the kitchen
6.) Keep the handles of pots and pans turned in to prevent them from getting knocked over on the stove.
7.) Keep flammable items away from the stove (including pot holders and towels).
8.) DO NOT attempt to put out grease fires with water. Put a pot lid on the grease and turn off the burner.
Space Heaters and AC Units
9.) Plug space heaters and AC units directly into an outlet, and NEVER into an extension cord.
10.) Make sure space heaters are at least 3 ft from anything flammable, including curtains, clothing, and furniture.
In case of fire: Know the fire exits for your building. If an alarm sounds, use the fire stairs, not the elevator. And, make sure you have renters insurance to protect your belongings.