Is Your Apartment Safe? - the City of San Luis Obispo

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Is Your Apartment Safe? - the City of San Luis Obispo

A Practical Fire and Life Safety Guide for Apartment LivingBROUGHT TO YOU BY:San Luis Obispo City Fire DepartmentWorking with You for a Fire-Safe Community


TABLE OF CONTENTSExiting Systems/Exit Plans………………………………………………………………..1Address……………………………………………………………………………………2Fire Alarm Systems……………………………………………………………………….3Fire Sprinkler Systems……………………………………………………………………4Fire Extinguishers…………………………………………………………………………5Fire Lanes…………………………………………………………………………………6Emergency Medical Services……………………………………………………………..7Pool Safety……………………………………………………………………………….. 8Chemical Storage/Flammable Combustible Liquids Storage………………….………….9Cooking Inside Common Areas/Barbeque Grills…...……………………………………10Locks/Lock Boxes………………………………………………………………………..11Heating and Ventilation Units/Fireplaces/Furnaces……………………………………...12Laundry Rooms…………………………………………………………………………..13Dumpsters………………………………………………………………………………..14Electrical………………………………………………………………………………….15Working with the Fire Department………………………………………………………16Community Safety Committee……………………………………………………….…..17Community Newsletter……………………………………………………………….…..18Conducting Property Inspections…………………………………………………………19Apartment Self-Inspection Checklist……………………………………………….……. 20


FORWARDPerhaps nothing is as devastating as fire out of control. Fire can spread to a deadly level in amatter of seconds. Fire can kill, disable, destroy property and completely disrupt lives. Yourchances of survival are greatly dependant upon your level of fire safety awareness, having aworking smoke detector, having an emergency exit plan and being prepared for any emergency.According to the US Fire Administration, 20 percent of fires in the United States occur inapartments. This information is provided by the San Luis Obispo Fire Department to educateapartment owners, managers and residents in an effort to not only prevent fires from occurringbut also to increase your chances of survival in the event a fire does occur.If you have any questions regarding any information provided herein, please do not hesitate tocall the Fire Prevention Bureau at (805) 781-7380. We’re more than happy to help.SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTThe San Luis Obispo Fire Department would like to acknowledgeand thank the City of Mesa, Arizona Fire Department, Mesa CrimeFree Multi-housing Program and RRM Design Group for theircontributions to this document.

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