Apartment Safety & Repairs
Communications Tips for Safe Apartment Living
Here are some communications tips to keep in mind that will help increase the likelihood you'll stay safe and avoid crime at your building.
How Not to Heat Your Apartment
Think twice before pursuing risky options for heating your apartment that can cause significant harm to you and your home.
Dangerous Apartment Situations and How to Avoid Them
Find out about the steps you can take to lower the risk of finding yourself in the middle of a dangerous situation at your apartment building.
Stay on Top of Consumer Product Safety Recalls
Learn about important recalls that may affect you by getting your information directly from the source.
Report Unsafe Household Products for Recall Consideration
You can report an unsafe household product to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Get Results When You Need Something from Your Landlord
If you find yourself needing your landlord's attention, the last thing you want is to wait weeks for a response.
Unclogging a Toilet - Try a Toilet Plunger Before Calling a Plumber
Within seconds, a plunger can fix your bathroom problem, saving you from going without a toilet for a while, as well as from potential embarrassment if you're expecting guests.
Look Before You Enter and Leave an Elevator
If you don't always look ahead of you when entering and leaving your apartment building's elevator, you risk tripping injuries or worse.
Watch Informative Videos to Help Keep Your Apartment Clean and Safe
Here's a rundown of available videos on keeping your apartment clean and safe, along with links, where applicable, to closely related articles on the About.com Apartment Living / Rental site.
Ask Landlord to Fix Faulty Thermostat
If you suspect a problem with your thermostat, ask the landlord to check it out.
Keep Christmas Tree Wet to Avoid Fire Hazard
If a Christmas tree becomes too dry, it can pose a serious fire hazard.
Reduce Fire Risk From Menorahs on Hanukkah
Hanukkah celebrants who don't take this precaution create a serious fire risk in their apartment, sometimes leading to disastrous results.
Report Inadequate Lighting to Your Landlord
Low or no lighting in common areas of an apartment building can lead to tenants and visitors getting injured from a trip-and-fall after dark or falling victim to a crime.
Change Smoke Detector Batteries Regularly
A working smoke or carbon dioxide detector can save your life in the event of a fire or gas leak.