Who needs to be aware of fire safety issues?
Fire safety should be a key concern if you:
- live in a multi-story building, or
- have older family members living in such a building, or
- if you are contemplating purchasing an apartment, especially in an older building.
What should I know?
Robert Solomon, head of the Building and Life Safety Codes division at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), says that if your building has a modern automatic sprinkler system, you should be safe.
“We have a really good track record with our high-rise buildings in the last 20 to 25 years,” said Solomon in a Washington Post interview.
But not everyone is safe, said Solomon, since older high-rise apartments often lack sprinklers.
In fact, most fires occur in high-rise – and low-rise buildings – that lack automatic sprinklers.
Free Safety Tips
Don’t leave it to chance. Learn more about high-rise building safety.
The NFPA offers free fire safety tips for people living in high-rise buildings and people with disabilities. You can download your copy here.