If you have any questions about the fire codes or fire safety in Anchorage, AK please contact the Anchorage Fire Department
It has been recommended by the Anchorage Fire Department, that each unit have a UL listed / FM approved fire extinguisher(s) with a minimum rating of 2A:10B:C. It must be easily visible & accessible for use in the event of a fire. All fire extinguishers must be serviced & tagged annually by a qualified servicing contractor. Install at least one smoke detector in every floor including the basement and attic and inside each sleeping area. Ensure that all members of your family can hear the smoke alarm. If someone is hearing impaired, install alarms that flash a strobe light as well as sound an alarm. In addition, at least one carbon monoxide detector or alarm shall be installed on each floor level. If a floor level contains bedrooms or sleeping rooms, at least one detector shall be located in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping area, outside of the bedrooms or sleeping rooms. Carbon monoxide detectors and alarms shall be installed in accordance with their listing. The alarm shall be clearly audible in all sleeping rooms, even if the intervening doors are closed. It is also recommended that your smoke / carbon monoxide detectors be checked every 30 days. Please remember to check / change the batteries in both of these.
Smoke Alarm Maintenance Tips:
• Test smoke alarms once a month by pushing the test button.
• Install new batteries at least once a year.
• To have the Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office remind you via email, sign up for the Automatic Smoke Alarm Reminder.
• Clean smoke alarms using a vacuum cleaner without removing the alarms cover.
• Replace smoke alarm every 10 years.
We strongly recommend that all residents secure property insurance covering the contents of the premises as well as personal liability.
KNOW YOUR BUILDING’S FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM
Be familiar with the type of fire protection system that is provided in your building.
You should know the location of the fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and/or fire alarm pull stations and know what the alarm sounds like.
You should know if your building has a fire sprinkler system.
You are responsible for maintenance and testing of the smoke alarms and replacing batteries inside of your unit. Check them monthly by pushing the test button and listening for the alarm.
You must immediately report any common area smoke detector malfunctions or deficiencies to Snow’s Management by calling (907)563-8333.
PRACTICE YOUR FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
Know at least two ways out of the building.
Designate a meeting place for you and all of the occupants of your unit to gather in case of a building evacuation. Be sure that the meeting place is well away from the building.
Practice your escape plan with your entire family. Go directly to the assigned meeting place and do not return into the building until directed to do so by the Fire Department.
Fire escape routes MUST NOT include elevators.
TIPS FOR PREVENTION
Baseboard heaters should not touch any furniture or curtains.
Keep your stove, oven, and fan filter free of grease.
In the event of a grease fire place a lid over the pan.
All portable heaters are placed at least three (3) feet away from bedding, furniture, and other flammable materials.
Always remain in the kitchen while using the stove top.
Do not smoke in bed.
Replace any electrical cord that is cracked and/or frayed.
Do not over load electrical extensions or run them under rugs.
Keep matches and lighters away from children.
IF YOU HEAR THE FIRE ALARM REACT IMMEADIATLY
Treat every fire alarm as if it is an emergency.
If you discover a fire pull the building alarm to alert others.
If your unit has a direct exit to the outdoors, use the nearest and safest exit.
Do not rush out into a hallway. Feel the door. If the door is hot, use another way out. If the door is cool use the nearest and safest exit. ‘
Once safe evacuation has occurred call 911 to ensure the Fire Department is responding.
Do not return to the building for any reason until the Fire Department has given permission to reenter.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO USE THE STAIRS FOR EVACUATION…
If you cannot use the stairs or if stairways and halls are filling with smoke, remain in your unit and DO NOT attempt a risky escape. As long as the fire is not in your unit, it may be best for you to stay in your unit with the door closed and wait for assistance from the Fire Department.
Please follow these steps:
Close as many doors as possible between yourself and the fire. This will slow down the smoke and the flames.
Place towels or pillows at the bottom of the door to fill any space that smoke may come through.
Don’t break the window. This could allow smoke from the outside of the building to enter your area of refuge.
You can signal your location by putting something light colored and noticeable in the window to help notify the Fire Department of your presence.
If you begin notice smoke entering the unit of your feel that you are in danger call 911 and tell the dispatcher of your situation.
Individual Homeowners Insurance Policies
In addition to the Master Condominium Insurance policy each owner should purchase an “Individual Homeowner Policy”.
If you haven’t looked at your policy recently, below are additional options to think about as your review your policy:
LOSS OF USE: This would cover the cost of living somewhere else if your home becomes uninhabitable. With major damage you may not be able to return home for quite some time. Paying a mortgage and paying rent could be very costly. Check with your insurance company to find out what your options can be.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: Insurance companies describe your personal property as whatever falls out if you were to turn your unit upside down.
LOSS ASSESSMENT: This option could help in the event your property has an unexpected peril (causes injury, loss or destruction), such as fire, wind damage. Etc. Special assessments for maintenance items are not covered.
PERSONAL LIABILITY: This would cover damage done by your unit to units below or next to you, and provide liability coverage in case of injury in your unit.