Top 3 Tips for Apartment Safety
Thinking about moving into a new apartment? Some of the things you’ll definitely want to consider are the size of the bedrooms, the amenities that the property offers and whether or not they are pet friendly if you have a furry family member.
However, along with finding an apartment that is comfortable, convenient and affordable for your budget, your safety and security should be two major concerns on your mind before you sign your new lease and start unpacking.
It’s up to you to ask the right questions and to find out if the property manager is doing everything they can to ensure your safety. It is also important for you to ensure that you do everything you can to stay safe during your entire lease term.
Here are three simple apartment safety tips that you can implement to keep you, your family and your belongings safe while you enjoy your rental unit.
- Get a fire extinguisher and have it inspected regularly.
Fires are one of the most common disasters in the United States with over 1.2 million fires reported in 2014 alone. This makes having a fire extinguisher in your apartment extremely important.
Whether the fire starts in your kitchen, is due to an electrical fault or springs from the fireplace or a dropped cigarette, having an extinguisher handy dramatically reduces the chances of your entire home being destroyed by flames.
Once you have the extinguisher in place, it is important to have it inspected by a fire safety professional regularly to make sure it will work properly if the need arises.
- Use bolsters to reinforce entrance doors.
Did you know that burglars break into a home in the US every thirteen seconds? That frightening statistic is the main reason why it is important to reinforce every entrance to your home. Examine every hinge and lock on the doors that lead directly outside the apartment and make sure that they are all sturdy and bolted in securely.
To have even more peace of mind, bolster main doors with deadbolts and sliding doors with security bars that make them much more difficult to force open.
- Get a renters insurance policy.
Property management generally has their own insurance policy that covers any damage to the property itself, however, your valuables are not covered by this insurance.
One of the best things you can do to protect your belongings is to get a well written renters insurance policy. This ensures that your personal property is protected from loss, and that you have liability coverage if someone visits your apartment and gets hurt or suffers a loss. A renters policy will also cover any additional living expenses that may come up if you have to vacate your rental unit suddenly for an unavoidable reason.