Fire Prevention Starts with Education
How will you help your residents protect the home they love?
AAGO partnered with the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association (FFMIA) to investigate this question. According to fire incident data, the top three causes of fires in apartment homes are: cooking equipment, candles and smoking.
Cooking is by far the leading cause of preventable fires in apartments:
- 67 percent of fires in multifamily buildings between 2007 – 2011 were caused by cooking equipment. Cooking fires often occur as a result of residents leaving food unattended on the stove or add water to a grease fire, which only increases the flames.
That staggering statistic begs an important question, what could be done to educate residents on fire safety best practices in the kitchen? AAGO sought to provide members with a valuable resource that could serve as a tool for apartment communities to educate residents on fire safety.
In order to achieve this goal, we’ve created tools that are available to member communities upon request:
- A door-hanger: This piece will communicate fire inspection information (date/time/etc.) to the resident while highlighting important fire safety information regarding cooking equipment, candles and smoking.
- A fridge magnet: This piece will highlight cooking safety tips and AAGO recommends that this magnet is placed on the fridge during the turn to communicate cooking safety tips to a new resident.
- A website for residents: www.preventapartmentfires.org features additional fire safety resources and information to educate apartment residents. AAGO hopes this fire prevention campaign will increase resident awareness about fire safety, which will potentially lead to fewer preventable fires in apartment homes across central Florida.
AAGO Prevent Apartment Fires Campaign- #PAF
Resident Door Hanger
We hope your community will take advantage of these valuable tools for your residents. The door-hanger and the magnet are free while supplies last and will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. If you would like to request these resources for your community, please contact: Amanda@AAGO.org.