According to condo safety tips by the United States of America’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are a few things you will need to know to make sure you and your loved ones, whether humans or furry ones, are safe and sound all year long.
While some areas on Maui have experienced some unfortunate fire events in the recent past, that is not a cause for concern. As long as you are prepared, there is nothing to fear and know that preparation can help you in any scenario. According to FEMA, if you live in an apartment or condominium on Maui, you need to know a few things. Number one, make sure your apartment has working smoke alarms or detectors. You can speak to your apartment manager about where the smoke alarms are, the fire extinguisher may be, or any and all of the above. Ensure that there is a smoke alarm in every room and make sure to test it to see if the batteries are up to date. If they aren’t, change them! Number two: be prepared and create a plan in the event that there is a fire. Target your exits and know which ones to head towards in the event you need to. Learn the evacuation plan for your building and if there isn’t one, create it! Number three: don’t panic! Stay calm and call 911. Stuff the cracks around the door with towels and cover the vents. Wait near a window and signal for help with a flashlight or a white cloth and don’t use the elevator; always take the stairs when possible.
And finally, once you get outside and are safe from the fire, make sure to wait for the fire department. When they arrive, give them plenty of space to do their work. If you think someone is still inside, then tell the firefighters and also wait for them to tell you to go back inside. Safety is key in these scenarios so make sure to think with a clear head, stay calm, have a plan, find the escape route, and tell the proper authorities.
Those are a few safety tips for condo living on Maui. Have a safe and Happy New Year!