Apartment Safety Tips
Just because the apartment you moved to looks safe, does not mean that you shouldn't take precautions to protect your new home. Be sure to check fire safety measures, talk with your neighbors about concerns, and make sure the locks on your apartment are well-functioning. Check out the following list of things that you can do to ensure your apartment is safe.
Things to do
- Let your trusted neighbors know that you are out of the town so that they can keep an eye on your apartment.
- If you think that insufficient lighting or overgrowth of landscape are providing ideal places for burglars to hide, you should immediately report it. Your property manager is responsible for providing a safe outdoor environment and working locks.
- Be careful while walking from one apartment to the other late at night or using common rooms like the weight room or laundry room.
- If you find any suspicious persons around your apartment, report it immediately to management.
- Properly lock your car door at all times.
Things not to do
- If you are not home, never leaves nots on your mailbox, door, or anywhere else indicating your absence.
- Do not advertise that you are living alone. Use initials on the mailbox and your telephone listing. Criminals generally target single people.
- Do not leave your valuables anywhere they can be seen from outside the flat.
Fire and smoke safety
- Check whether the fire alarms are in good working order. Old apartments sometimes do not have alarms and even when they do, they are not smoke alarms.
- Replace your smoke alarm battery seasonally to ensure that it works properly. You can also get a cheap insurance policy for this.
- If you find that your apartment does not have an alarm, immediately report this to the landlord and insist he or she installs one or two alarms immediately.
- You can also suggest your landlord hold a small meeting about fire safety in the apartment. During this meeting, instructions can be given on how to use a fire alarm.
- Most fire deaths are due to smoke inhalation. Make sure that there are proper procedures for preventing smoke inhalation.
- Keep the number of the local fire service next to your telephone.
- Keep heavy duty electrical or duct tape in case you need to press it across the bottom of your bedroom door to prevent smoke from entering your bedroom.
- Make arrangements so that you can safely leave the apartment if you suddenly heard of a fire breakout.
- During the fire safety plan, you should also decide where all the residents will gather during a sudden fire breakout.
Other ways to keep your apartment safe
- Make friends with your neighbors. They can look after your apartment when you are not there.
- Get renter's insurance to protect your belongings in case of theft or damage.
- Make sure that your property manager fulfills his or her duties. If he or she does not follow any one of these duties, it is your responsibility to complain as a tenant:
- Provide the tenant with a working deadbolt lock. If your door does not have one, speak to your landlord.
- Replace the locks between tenants.
- Provide the tenant with adequate lights outside the door.
- Provide the tenant with a peep-hole on the door.
- Make sure that the landscaping has not overgrown. Cut the bushes if it is thick.