A Somber Reminder Of The Dangers of Fire
Last week the fire in the Bronx was a somber reminder of the dangers of a fire in a large commercial/residential building in New York City. Despite modern fire safety standards the loss of life was the largest seen in decades. Being prepared for a fire of this magnitude is difficult if not impossible, but preparing yourself and your family for a fire is always a good idea no matter where you live.
First and foremost, you should make sure all smoke detectors in your home are in working condition, this should be done every 6 months. For owners of multifamily residential properties fire safety inspections should be done regularly by your local fire department to make sure all systems, alarm and sprinkler, are in working condition. Next you should know all your evacuation routes, this will allow you options in case your planned evacuation route is blocked. If you live in a multifamily home with several floors it may be a good idea to occasionally walk these optional routes so they are familiar, especially in buildings where you typically use the elevators.