How to Avoid Fires in Condominiums
As the temperature drops, the risk of fire increases drastically. There are thousands of fires in the United States each year, and they cause billions of dollar’s worth of damage and result in numerous injuries and deaths.
No matter where you live, fire prevention should be a primary concern, but it is especially important in condominium associations. A fire that starts in one unit can spread to others in a matter of seconds, leaving behind unthinkable devastation.
For condominium associations, it’s extremely important to neutralize fire dangers before disaster strikes. Here are a few tips for minimizing fire risk in condominium associations.
Schedule an Inspection
Scheduling an inspection with a fire marshal is a great place to start when it comes to minimizing the risk of fires in a condominium. During the walkthrough, the marshal will point out potential hazards, such as wiring problems, improper trash management and incorrect storage of flammable materials.
Reach Out to Community Members
While most everyone knows the basics of fire prevention, a little reminder never hurts. Send out newsletters that address important fire preventing topics, including:
- Heating and space heater safety
- Candle safety
- Cooking safety
- Smoking policies
- Appliance safety
- Grilling safety
You may also want to consider inviting residents to attention a fire safety meeting. To encourage them to attend, offer prize drawings, free pizza or another special treat.
Keep Up with Routine Maintenance
Make sure your HVAC systems are serviced regularly to ensure that they are working properly. Check laundry areas for lint buildup, and make sure the electrical system can handle the appliance load. Check and charge fire extinguishers often, and conduct fire drills to ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire or other emergency. Test sprinklers, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors frequently.
Condominium Fire Prevention
If you need help with condominium fire prevention, consider hiring a professional condominium manager. At AMI, our managers are experts in all areas of condominium management, and they can help you create an effective fire prevention plan. To learn more, please contact us today.