Household Safety:Preventing Burns,
Shocks, and Fires

Risk of Fire
in an Apartment
Apartment Fire
Apartment Fires:
How They Start
and How to Stop Them

If you live in an apartment, understanding the risks and creating a fire preparedness plan can save your life. Most apartment fires are caused by avoidable human errors and are usually preventable. A bit of preparation can stop a small accident from becoming a big tragedy. Here's what you need to know to prevent, fight, and escape from apartment fires:

What Causes Apartment Fires?

Like other home fires, apartment blazes most often originate from everyday activities. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reported that half of the residential building fires in 2015 were caused by cooking-related accidents. The second most common cause involved heating mishaps, although electrical or equipment malfunctions, burning candles, and smoking were also cited as frequent causes.

Household Tips
Tips on How to Keep
Your Apartment Safe from Electrical Hazards
  1. Have a professional check your outlets and electronics.
  2. Be cautious with do it yourself electrical projects. DIY attempts result in nearly half of all severe electric shocks in the home. This DIY electrical safety guide explains how to avoid electric shocks in the process.
  3. Remain vigilant in the kitchen. Misuse of kitchen appliances is just one of the many electrical safety no-nos in the apartment.
  4. Remember that water and electricity are a deadly mix. The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the apartment when it comes to electrical safety.
  5. While most apartment complexes provide landscaping, if you have the need to use electrical gardening equipment outdoors, wait until it is dry.
  6. Take the necessary precautions after a flood. If your apartment has been flooded, there is a high chance the electrics could be damaged.

Resources:

  • https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/safety-burns.html
  • https://www.humanics-es.com/burns.pdf
  • https://kfblaw.com/news/landlord-responsible-burn-injury/
  • https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=facts-about-burn-injury-90-P02796
  • https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/electric-shock#1
  • https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/electric-shock
  • https://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Healthy-home/Living-areas/Is-your-heater-a-killer-20140603
  • https://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/apartment-building-insurance.html
  • https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Electrical/Tamper-resistant-electrical-receptacles
  • https://www.naahq.org/july-2015/avoiding-chemical-spills
  • https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/
  • https://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/landlord_tenant/landlord-liability.htm
  • https://gringosabroad.com/electric-showers-are-they-safe-how-shocking/
  • https://arma.org.uk/downloader/bf8/ESC_Guidance_Communal_Areas.pdf
  • https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/top-five-most-common-areas-in-your-home-where-fires-start/115000977412
  • https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/general/preventing-accidents-in-the-home/
  • https://www.thehartford.com/about-us/junior-fire-marshal/apartment-fire-safety
  • https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/
  • https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v18i5.pdf
  • https://www.safewise.com/blog/safety-hazards-to-watch-out-for-around-the-house/
  • http://www.flat-living.co.uk/advice/700-12-of-apartment-blocks-under-serious-fire-hazard-threat
  • http://www.klawnyc.com/common-apartment-safety-hazards/
  • https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-attack/articles/761339-How-to-attack-townhouse-fires/
  • https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem
  • https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Fire-deaths-by-state

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  • https://www.humanics-es.com/burns.pdf
  • https://kfblaw.com/news/landlord-responsible-burn-injury/
  • https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=facts-about-burn-injury-90-P02796
  • https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/electric-shock#1
  • https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/electric-shock
  • https://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Healthy-home/Living-areas/Is-your-heater-a-killer-20140603
  • https://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/apartment-building-insurance.html
  • https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Electrical/Tamper-resistant-electrical-receptacles
  • https://www.naahq.org/july-2015/avoiding-chemical-spills
  • https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/
  • https://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/landlord_tenant/landlord-liability.htm
  • https://gringosabroad.com/electric-showers-are-they-safe-how-shocking/
  • https://arma.org.uk/downloader/bf8/ESC_Guidance_Communal_Areas.pdf
  • https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/top-five-most-common-areas-in-your-home-where-fires-start/115000977412
  • https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/general/preventing-accidents-in-the-home/
  • https://www.thehartford.com/about-us/junior-fire-marshal/apartment-fire-safety
  • https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/
  • https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v18i5.pdf
  • https://www.safewise.com/blog/safety-hazards-to-watch-out-for-around-the-house/
  • http://www.flat-living.co.uk/advice/700-12-of-apartment-blocks-under-serious-fire-hazard-threat
  • http://www.klawnyc.com/common-apartment-safety-hazards/
  • https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-attack/articles/761339-How-to-attack-townhouse-fires/
  • https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem
  • https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Fire-deaths-by-state