Having a happy Thanksgiving begins with having a safe Thanksgiving. As our nation comes together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday I would like to share with you some safety tips for both the Landlord and Tenant.
According to data from the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States, resulting in an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss each year. The leading cause of all Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is cooking. In addition, these fires occur most frequently in the afternoon hours from noon to 4 p.m. And unfortunately, smoke alarms were not present in 20 percent of non- confined Thanksgiving Day fires that occurred in occupied residential buildings.
One BIG way to avoid fire damage is to have operational smoke detectors.
The Florida Landlord Tenant Statute states that: “Unless otherwise agreed in writing, at the commencement of the tenancy of a single-family home or duplex, the landlord shall install working smoke detection devices. As used in this paragraph, the term “smoke detection device” means an electrical or battery-operated device which detects visible or invisible particles of combustion and which is listed by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., Factory Mutual Laboratories, Inc., or any other nationally recognized testing laboratory using nationally accepted testing standards”. While the Statute does not address multi-family, the landlord’s obligation to install smoke detectors will certainly be found in the local fire codes.
The statute doesn’t address who has the responsibility to maintain the detectors. So if the landlord is not going to handle the preventive maintenance of the smoke detector, the landlord should be clear in the lease that it will be tenant’s responsibility to check to make sure the batteries and smoke detector are operational.
Regardless who is responsible, here are some smoke detector tips that will keep you safe this Thanksgiving:
- Test your smoke alarm following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- If you haven’t replaced your battery over the past year, do so now.
- If your alarm “chirps,” its warning that the battery is low. HINT: Change your battery now.
- Never “borrow” a battery from a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms can’t warn you of fire if their batteries are missing or have been disconnected. So put back that battery now.
- Do not disable your smoke alarms even temporarily.
- If you haven’t done so recently, vacuum or dust your smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions.
And of course – always keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.
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