99% of the world’s ladder firetrucks can’t reacher higher than the 7th floor of a building.

99% of the world’s ladder firetrucks can’t reacher higher than the 7th floor of a building.

Take this into consideration when choosing an apartment. Most high-rise fires originate from the first four floors of the building, so evacuating from a high level internally can become more difficult.

  • invest in smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and a fire blanket (they also make very thoughtful housewarming gifts!)
  • empty your dryer lint after every load
  • don’t store flammable items near your water heater (e.g. paint cans, cleaning products)
  • plan at least two escape routes that don’t require an elevator
  • don’t leave candles unattended
  • don’t bbq/grill on a balcony/patio where the awning funnels the smoke directly into your home
  • don’t put out kitchen fires with water

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