Apartment Safety Tips for the Winter

Living in a multi-family building presents a number of wintertime challenges including health safety and heating and electrical safety. Here are some tips to keep your family healthy and safe in your apartment this winter:

Health Safety

• Spending more time in close contact with other people can increase your risk of illness.

• Make sure to get your flu shot this season!

• If you’re sick, try your best to stay 6-feet away from neighbors and loved ones.

• Constantly wash your hands after touching door knobs, doors, buzzers, and other public surfaces.

• Carry hand sanitizer with you if you know a bathroom is not close by.

• Disinfect areas in your home including the apartment doorknobs and handles.

Heating and Electrical Safety

• It can be hard to circulate heat throughout an apartment. If using a space heater, make sure it is at least 3-feet away from anything flammable. This includes curtains, boxes, furniture, etc.

• Does your apartment have a carbon monoxide alarm and smoke alarm installed? If not, contact your landlord immediately and have one of each installed. One smoke alarm for every room is ideal.

• Check the batteries to your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms on a regular basis.

• Never leave candles unattended and always blow them out before bed or when you leave the home.

• If you have a Christmas tree this year, make sure to turn off all lights on the tree when you leave the apartment and at night. Also, make sure a plug never has more than one extension cord in it at one time.

Have a safe and healthy winter season this year!