June 24, 2019

Fire Prevention and Safety

A guide for tenants on fire prevention and safety.

Prevention

Preventing fires and maintaining tenant safety is a high priority of Baker Street therefore we have the following guidelines:

No Smoking Policy

All of our properties are non smoking and tenants may not smoke on the property. Please see your lease for details

Having an Outdoor Fire

The Ann Arbor fire code prohibits the following, in relation to outdoor recreational fires:

1. Recreational fires, such as campfires, may not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or of combustible materials. Conditions and materials which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure must be eliminated before lighting the fire.

2. Portable outdoor fireplaces/fire pits must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and must not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible materials. This 15-feet rule does not apply to one- and two-family homes.

3. Fires must be attended at all times and with onsite fire-extinguishing equipment close at hand, such as sand and a shovel, a full water barrel or a working garden hose.

4. Fires must be completely extinguished prior to leaving.5. Recreational fires must not create a smoke violation or nuisance to neighbors
Tenants should know how to check a propane tank for leaks and be required to keep grills a minimum of 10 feet from the home at all times. Furthermore, grilling should never be allowed on small patios or porches with direct overhangs or awnings.

Using an Outdoor Grill

The Ann Arbor fire code prohibits the following, in relation to outdoor cooking and grilling:

1. Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction. Exceptions are one and two family dwellings or where decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.

2. Propane and other LPG gas burners with a liquid capacity greater than 2.5 pounds shall not be located on combustible balconies or with 10 feet of combustible construction. Exceptions are one and two family dwellings.

Maintaining Smoke Detectors

When you moved in we were careful to replace batteries in smoke detectors to ensure all were working. Once you live in the property it is your responsibility to replace batteries if they stop working.

Please alert us as soon as possible if a smoke detector does not work after smoke detectors are replaced.

If there is a Fire

If you smell or see a fire, please attempt to put it out using the fire extinguisher provided for you in the house or a hose if outside.

Water should never be used on a grease fire in the kitchen; instead, please use baking soda or salt.

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