You have a right to safety in your own apartment. Your landlord should take the proper steps to make sure you’re relatively safe at all times. They can’t prevent everything -- accidents do happen -- but they also can’t be negligent.
One way that negligence sometimes happens is when a landlord allows fire hazards to exist, ignoring the need for repairs and updates, and puts you in greater danger of being injured in an apartment fire -- or even losing a loved one.
To help protect yourself, you need to know what red flags to look for in advance. You may be able to spot them before a fire actually breaks out. Some examples include:
Fire hazards are very dangerous, especially in an apartment setting, where another resident could start a fire that quickly moves to your living space, without your knowledge. If you get injured, you must know how to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs.