Fire safety should be as much a part of high-rise apartment living as a panoramic view, elevators or doormen. Some apartments have smoke alarms and others have security systems, but these devices alone do not provide complete fire safety. High-rise apartment tenants should develop and practice a fire escape plan.
The plan should include a sketch of the apartment showing all windows, doors, stairwells and any other alternate means of escape. The escape routes should be clearly marked in red on the sketch.
Fire drills should be held so that each member of the family knows the location of all exit stairwells and how to get to them as quickly as possible. Special provisions should be made for the elderly and the very young, by assigning another member of the family to help them escape safely.
Here are some additional fire safety tips for high-rise apartment dwellers:
The best thing an alert apartment dweller can do is to practice safety at all times: never block windows or doors with heavy furniture; eliminate potential fire hazards by not allowing trash to accumulate in the apartment or around the building; keep kitchen air ducts free of grease; don't store flammable materials in the apartment.
Report all potential fire hazards to your building superintendent. If no action is taken, report the condition to the fire department or other authorities.