Older Parents Living In High-Rise? Brush Up On Fire Safety Tips

The horrific high-rise fire in London highlighted the potential dangers of living in a multi-story building. Take a moment to brush up on safety guidelines to keep your loved ones out of harm’s way.

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.

About Mari Adam

Mari Adam, Certified Financial Planner™ has been helping individuals and families chart their financial futures for over twenty-five years. Have a question about your financial situation? Ask Mari!

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