How you doin? Covid-19 cases have increased and Apartment Fires have too!

For decades TV shows like The Jeffersons, Friends, and Will & Grace have shown the fun side of apartment living. In addition to fun neighbors and friends, there are certain things to remember when lots of people live in one place.  No matter what size of apartment building you live in, it is crucial to have working smoke alarms and an exit plan. If you haven't already met with your landlord or building manager to learn about the fire safety features and plans in your building, it is important that you call right away.

Over the last few weeks, there has been an increase in apartment fires all over the country. Some large enough to displace over 50 people at a time.  With more people at home during the day, we have seen an uptick in the usual suspects- cooking, smoking, and electrical fires. In cases where causes have been identified, local fire departments have been pushing out safety messages through traditional news channels and social media. 

Check out our Fire Alarms in Apartment Building and High-rise Apartment safety tip sheets:

Large apartment buildings are built to keep people safe from fire. Fire alarms in apartment buildings detect smoke and fire to warn residents of dangers. Know the locations of all exit stairs from your floor. If the nearest one is blocked by fire or smoke, you may have to use another exit.

People living in a high-rise apartment or condominium building need to think ahead and be prepared in the event of a fire. It is important to know the fire safety features in your building and work together with neighbors to help keep the building as fire safe as possible.


The US Fire Administration has Apartment Safety flyers in English and Spanish and social media cards:


Be Prepared: Create an escape plan. Discuss how you will get outside. Practice your plan.

Stay Calm: In the event of a fire, stay calm. Move to the exit as you have practiced. Call the fire department once you are outside.

Wait Outside for the Fire Department: Once you are outside, move away from the building. Give firefighters and fire trucks plenty of space.

As we all adjust to this new normal, we hope you will find innovative ways to make your community safe before a tragedy strikes. Then you will be “movin on up” safely.

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Kelly Ransdell
Regional Director, South Central Region

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