According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2013 there was 2755 civilian deaths and 12,200 civilian injuries in home structure fires in the United States. With many of San Francisco’s more than 20,000 apartment buildings more than 50 years old, it’s critical that building owners remain vigilant in ensuring their properties are properly maintained and safe for all those living in them.
Building owners and residents can prevent fires by conducting periodic inspections to ensure that their properties are free of fire hazards and that smoke alarms are working properly.
Please see our maintenance checklist to see an overview of what to look for when inspecting your property.
- Replace the battery in your smoke alarm every year.
- Make sure your space heater is at least 3 feet away from other items.
- Plug in major appliances to a wall outlet.
- Do not run appliances under rugs or furniture.
- Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used.
- Make sure that lights and extension cords are indicated for outdoor and are weather-resistant.
- Do not use outdoor lights for your interior, as they may be too hot and unsafe for indoor use.
- All lights should be identified as lab tested for safety.