This page is not designed to be a comprehensive resource for fire prevention, but rather a basic source of information and quick tips for preventing fires in apartment homes. For more comprehensive or technical information please consult with your local fire department officials.
As part of their Topical Fire Report series, FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration released data collected from 2013 to 2015 pertaining to Multifamily Residential Building fires. According to the report's findings, from 2013 to 2015, 109,700 multifamily residential building fires were reported to fire departments each year. These fires caused an estimated 405 deaths; 3,975 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damages or loss. Multifamily residential building fires accounted for 29% of all residential building fires. 45% of apartment fires tend to happen in the evening hours between 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Be sure to ask your community about important fire safety features, so in the case of an emergency, you're fire-safety prepared.
Small confined fires account for 71% of multifamily residential building fires.
The top preventable causes of apartment fires
Below are the top three causes of preventable fires in apartment homes and tips for how to avoid these common pitfalls.
Topical Fire Report (2013-2015) Table 4. Leading Areas of Fire Origin in Nonconfined Multifamily Residences
|Areas of Fire Origin||Percent (unknowns apportioned)|
|Cooking Area, Kitchen||33.2|
|Common Room, Den, Family Room, Living Room||6.1|
Exterior Balcony, Unenclosed Porch
Stay up to date with your county's fire emergency and safety information
Check out some of the links below for additional resources that can help you in the event of an emergency.
As a reminder, please refer to your lease agreement for your community’s policies regarding smoking and open flames. If you are uncertain about your community’s emergency procedures or how to use the fire safety equipment, please contact management for assistance.