- Keep your doors and windows locked when you are not home
- Don’t leave your home entrance unattended
- Keep your keys safe. Inform your landlord immediately if your keys are lost.
- Don’t open the door for people you don’t know.
- Do not allow maintenance workers to enter your apartment without prior notice and permission from your landlord.
- Use exterior lighting at night and a safety timer for indoor lights, especially when away.
- Pause mail and delivery services temporarily while on vacation or breaks.
- If a fire breaks out, GET OUT and STAY OUT. Call 911.
- Turn off stove and burners after use
- Don’t overload electrical circuits
- Keep flammable materials at least 3 ft. from water heaters, furnaces and other flames
- Have two ways out, especially from the bedroom (invest in fire ladder if needed)
- Don’t use outdoor grills indoors or on a porch or within 10 ft. of building
- Don’t store gasoline, lighter fluid, etc. inside your house or apartment
- Ensure you have working and up-to-date-equipment and test monthly
- smoke detectors
- carbon monoxide (CO) detector
- fire extinguisher
- Don’t use oven to heat apartment/home
- Don’t use generators or indoors or within 25 feet of home
- Have renters insurance for coverage against fire, theft, etc.
Things to have on hand
- Batteries for fire equipment
- First aid kit for minor injuries
- Tool kit for small repairs
- Water in case of plumbing issues
- Important phone numbers (landlord, power/gas company, roommates’ emergency contacts)