Apartment Fires: What You Should Know
This list accompanies Fire section for Homes. Be sure to read that as well as the following tips.
Apartment Fire - Help Me Now!
If there is a fire:
Be safe, be smart.
Pull the fire alarm near the closest exit.
Use your fire escape plan. Go to the designated family meeting place outside the building.
WHN Tip: Stay Safe - Stairs Only!
Never take the elevator during a fire! Use the stairs!
Do NOT go back into the building. Help others when they are out of the building but do not go back inside.
After the Fire
Be safe, be smart.
Do not re-enter until authorities allow it.
Contact the American Red Cross for help with immediate needs such as housing, food and clothing.
Make sure you walk through before the property is turned over to the landlord. Landlords are not required to recover your belongings.
Insured? If you have renter's insurance, review your policy for what is and isn't covered. If you have no insurance you will be financially responsible for replacing all items yourself.
If the fire was caused partly or wholly by your own or your family's fault, you may be held liable for damages by the landlord.
If you cannot live in your apartment and it has been deemed 'uninhabitable,' you may be able to terminate your lease, receive a refund or cease payments.
Consult your state and county legal codes for renter's rights about payment, termination and other legal issues. Click here to find your state's legal codes, renter's rights and tenant union information.
Be Prepared - Just In Case
Before leasing or renting, make sure your building is safe and up to code. (Read WHN's What To Know When You're a Renter.)
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