Are you safe if a fire strikes? Firefighters talk 2nd stories, apartments and more

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Fire Department posted on their Facebook page about how people should identify two exit routs in their homes in case of a fire. News 40 investigated how people can be safe without easy access to fire exits.

Katie McKee with the Bowling Green Fire Department said in a situation where people are trapped on a second floor or live up high in an apartment, it’s smart to have a room where people can enclose themselves block out the smoke.

She said in these types of structural spaces, as well as first floor homes, it’s important to agree upon a designated meeting spot with family in case of a fire. She also advised to structure out a plan for how to safely evacuate older family members, those that are disabled and infants.

McKee said, “Whenever you live in that apartment, just check for any exit. Make sure you know where the stairwells are. Make sure those are never locked or blocked, so that if you have to use them you can. And, not every instance will you be able to get out of your apartment and use that stairwell.”

Firefighter Cameron Wallace advised to those renting a home or an apartment, not to rely only on your landlord to check the fire safety appliances.

Wallace said, “Every month, I’d be checking my smoke detectors, make sure they’re working- every year replacing those smoke detectors…. Same thing with the fire extinguishers in the apartments. If you notice that they’re not being kept up-to-date, mention something to your landlord.”