Co-Op Fire Safety: 5 Tips

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Living in a co-op can be a rewarding and affordable experience, but you still need to make sure that you are mindful of fire hazards. Many residents live the majority of their lives in the co-op, and you want to maintain the building and your unit to the highest standards so that everyone is safe.

There are a few fire safety tips listed below that will make it easier to avoid hazards at home. Plus, you can apply these tips around the building, keep your unit in the best condition, and avoid emergencies that are quite simple to head off.

Report Suspicious Activity

You should always report suspicious activity or anything that seems off. You never know what could happen if you don’t say something. This isn’t a “gotcha” moment. This is a “I don’t want the building to catch fire” moment.

Confront the problem if you can do so safely. If not, reach out to the building maintenance team. If possible, call the supervisor or one of the maintenance technicians directly. If you cannot—while it may seem extreme—you might want to call 9-1-1.

Use Surge Protectors

Surge protectors prevent shorts from occurring. Plus, a surge protector is much safer because it will trip the circuit instead of allowing power to continue flowing. Yes, it could burn out because of a horrible surge, but it will prevent sparks from flying and stop heavy surges from destroying your electronics.

This is especially important when you are decorating for the holidays or you have an outlet where all the electronics are plugged in. You can even turn the surge protector on and off to ensure that power is only flowing when absolutely necessary.

Cook Safely

Never leave your cooking/food unattended. Remember, you must be in control of everything when you’re cooking. Don’t walk away unless it’s an absolute emergency, and in those cases, turn off burners on the stove, turn off the oven, and shut off small appliances.

It’s better to start over when you return than to start a fire.

No Grills or Fire Pits

When you live in a co-op, you simply cannot have a grill or fire pit. The only exception is when your co-op gives you a patio or green space. Otherwise, you cannot have a grill or fire pit on a balcony. There’s no way around it. Opt for a griddle attachment for the stove and a plug-in fireplace for the living room.

Vacation Checklist

Create a vacation checklist you can mark off before leaving that eliminates fire hazards. On this checklist, you might include:

  • Unplugging unnecessary items
  • Make sure stove and oven are off
  • Turn off all non-essential lights
  • Extinguish and close candles
  • Move electronics away from water sources
  • Use plastic covers to cap unused plugs

Taking just a few minutes to check off the Items on this list is far safer than assuming nothing will happen.

Contact The Budde Agency for More Information on Co-Op Fire Safety and Insurance

Reach out to our team for assistance with co-op insurance and fire safety tips. Remember, you aren’t completely in control of your building, but there’s quite a lot you can do to make your co-op—and indeed your unit—safer.

More from Liberty

Beyond the $450 Million Settlement: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know

The real estate industry continues its rapid evolution, and the intersection of technology and legal challenges has created a tumultuous landscape for agents and brokers. On March 14, 2024, a significant milestone occurred when the National Association of Realtors (NAR) settled a landmark lawsuit for over $450 million. Additionally, the NAR agreed to change commission rules that previously required the seller to pay both the selling broker and the buyer’s broker. This settlement not only reflects the shifting dynamics within the industry but also sets the stage for a deeper examination of the challenges faced by real estate professionals, particularly in the context of class actions and antitrust litigation.

Read More »

Looking for Insurance?

See how Liberty can provide you or your business with great coverage and great rates.

1. ZoomInfo Form - Info Request
Do you require coverage for inflatable equipment?

Note: Liberty does not currently insure inflatable equipment. We are happy to discuss coverage for any other equipment.

ZoomInfo Hidden - Contact Info

ZoomInfo Hidden - Company