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Fire Hazards in a Condominium
While not everyone lives in a condominium, the advice below, written by Lindsay Raphael and published in the Florida Sun Sentinel today, is prudent for those who do. Some of the hazards mentioned are not only pertinent to condominium owners, but residents everywhere.

by: Lindsay Raphael, Esq.

February 13th, 2014 | 7:00 AM

I don’t know about you but my biggest fear living in my condo is a fire. And it makes me even more nervous that I may not have enough time to get my pets out of the burning condo should there ever be a fire. Unfortunately, living in a condo, even if I am careful, I can’t control what goes on in someone else’s home. I have to hope that they have enough respect and sense about them not to do anything that will cause harm to put anyone else in danger. Living in a condominium we all live so close together which affects each other’s risks associated with fire. Below are some common fire hazards. This is not an exhaustive list.

Fire Hazards in Condos:

  1. Cigarettes – Some condos are becoming smoke free but for those that aren’t, cigarettes are a fire hazard. It is important if you smoke in your condo or on the balcony that you properly dispose of your cigarette and not leave it unattended. Also, do not dispose of you cigarette by throwing it off the balcony. You could cause a major fire.
  2. Candles – If you plan on lighting a candle, never leave a flame unattended. Candles should not be placed on flammable surfaces. Wood, plastic or paper all poses serious fire hazards. Also, the candle should be out of reach so that your child or pet doesn’t knock it over. Make sure you blow them out before you leave the condo or go to bed.
  3. Cooking Areas – The kitchen has a high potential for a fire emergency. Make sure you are careful when cooking (especially with oil) and that you don’t leave your stove or oven on when you are not home. Ensure that you have a fire extinguisher located near the kitchen in the event of a kitchen related fire.
  4. Dryer Vents – Thousands of fires are sparked each year by clogged dryer vents. You should professionally clean your dryer ducts regularly. In addition, you should remove the lint from the lint screen each time you use your dryer. This will reduce the risk of fire, your clothes will dry faster and you will use less energy.

It is important that you are aware of fire evacuation routes in the event of an emergency. You should also have a fire extinguisher located within your unit. Also, make sure your fire alarms are working and well-maintained. Lastly, the fire sprinkler system is imperative for protecting your home. If the condominium building’s fire alarm is triggered, vacate the building immediately and quickly follow your building’s fire evacuation plan.

Remember, when you choose to live in a condominium, your actions impact other people. You should be careful and respectful of your neighbors.

The original post can be found here.

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