Preparedness is Key to Survive a NYC Apartment Fire

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Due to the potential for a small fire to escalate into a full-blown disaster, preparedness is key. Especially in NYC, when you’re sharing walls, and therefore, risk, with so many others, tenants should have an escape plan long before an emergency occurs. When disaster strikes, you and your family will know what to do and how to survive an apartment fire. Once you’re out of harm’s way, contact your experienced and effective Fire injury Lawyer NYC.

What Are the Odds of a Fire?

On average, the Fire & Life Safety Specialists state that the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) responds to 2,200 structural fires each month. To put that into perspective, that’s around 73 per day. This may seem daunting, but there are ways to protect yourself that will increase your ability to survive a fire should one occur in your apartment building.

How to Survive an Apartment Fire

  • Stay Calm: This is easier said than done, but remaining calm actually increases your chances of survival. A panicked mind can forget critical safety factors or overlook items that can save your life. 
  • Make a Note of Fire Exits & Important Items to Take: When a fire alarm is blaring, it can be hard to stay focused. Create a fire evacuation plan with your roommates or family to address exit points, identify all staircases, make a list of necessary items to bring (keys, phone, and apartment entry fobs), and establish a meeting place outside of the building should you become separated from loved ones.
  • Stay low & remember surfaces are hot: Before swinging open doors to escape, remember that door knobs can be hot. If the knob is hot, that’s an obvious indicator that fire has spread to that room, and to avoid it if possible. Staying low to the ground and covering your face and eyes can help you avoid smoke inhalation. 
  • Call 911: The fire department should be notified immediately when there is an active blaze. Experts suggest staying put if your particular unit is not threatened. This will allow first responders to find you and help you evacuate safely. Whatever you do, never attempt to jump out of your window! Instead, place wet towels or bed linens under door frames and block vents to prevent smoke from seeping in.
  • Invest in child and pet stickers: If you have pets or children in the house, placing inexpensive fire stickers on easily-accessible doors and windows can notify first responders how many of each to look for within your apartment. Ensure you purchase light-reflecting stickers so that they are easily spotted by flashlights during an evacuation. 
  • Understand general fire safety: Simple tasks such as cooking and heating your apartment can cause fire hazards. Read up on apartment fire safety to prevent a devastating fire.
Contacting a Fire Injury Lawyer
Fires have the potential to cause devastating and life-threatening injuries within seconds. If you or someone you know has suffered a fire injury, let us help you fight for your rights and hold those responsible accountable for your trauma and injuries. Contact our NYC Fire Injury Attorneys today for a free consultation or call 212-779-7070.