Moving into a new apartment is an exciting endeavor, rift with adventures in living on one’s own. However, while enjoying your new habitat may be enthralling, safety is a necessary aspect to consider even before choosing a place of residence. Property managers and landlords have to keep on top of numerous safety precautions for apartment buildings of which prospective and current tenants should be mindful.
Check the Neighborhood
Before settling on a location to call home, check the neighborhood and see what the crime rate is. It is best to know what to look out for and what areas to avoid. Talking with multiple sources, like community forums or friends in the area, is a good place to start.
Check the Lighting
Besides investigating the local area, notice the outside of the apartment building too. The walkways and doorways should have sufficient lighting to extinguish shadows and other pockets of darkness. This way, the chance is less that a burglar or other perpetrator can enter or attack.
Within the building itself, fire safety is of utmost importance. Your apartment building should have a fully drawn out plan detailing an escape route and map of the complex. It should also be up-to-date with fire protection systems like fire alarms and smoke detectors. To escape from the window if necessary, make sure you can open it yourself and that no one can enter from the outside.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Besides fire, carbon monoxide leakages are another huge threat to apartment buildings. A gas leak can be scary; check that your carbon monoxide detectors are up-to-date and have fresh batteries. Have a plan for what to do and who to call if you notice a gas leak.
Locks and Peepholes
Intruders are another concern. To prevent anyone from breaking in, make sure your door has a peephole and that its field of vision is clear. Check with your property manager or landlord to see that no one else has the keys to your door locks and request new ones if need be.
If you have valuable materials you want protected in case of theft, renters’ insurance is an affordable way to cover any losses. Investing in a safe is another preventative measure to guard your possessions.
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