Today in Mount Airy, Ohio, nineteen children and six adults are wondering where they’re going to go after a devastating apartment fire tore through the Hawaiian Village Apartments. It is alleged that none of the units contained working smoke detectors, and some may not have contained smoke detectors at all!
Ohio renters insurance is helpful to rebuild your life, but the key to successfully recovering from a fire is that you have to be alive to do it. It was by a very narrow margin that these brave six adults saved their nineteen children, at grave personal risk to themselves. The building lies in ashes, and people are beginning to ask tough questions.
Why Weren’t Smoke Detectors Present?
Why Weren’t Smoke Detectors Tested And Working?
Were Some Units Rented In Excess Of Their Maximum Occupancy?
While we can’t speak for occupancy codes in Mount Airy, OH, we can say that six adults and nineteen children in a four unit apartment building sounds either excessive in a few units, or an infrequent combination of four very large families in the same building.
What we can speak for is the presence and function of smoke detectors, on a general basis. When doing your initial walk through when you move in, you should test the smoke detectors individually. Change the batteries, if applicable, when you set your clocks for daylight savings time. If you live in one of the very few places that doesn’t observe DST, simply change the batteries on the Fourth of July and Christmas. Test them every time.
If they’re not working, or missing, alert your landlord and demand working smoke detectors. Generally the law requires them, and they’re not expensive at all. So if the landlord won’t fix them, go buy your own for the few dollars they tend to cost.
Early reports of the Hawaiian Village Inferno indicate that the management of the community may have deferred maintenance in a number of areas for financial reasons. This is uncorroborated speculation at this time, and there is no evidence that is or is not the case. If it is, however, it’s frightening.
New information via WCPO TV: Parts of the fire wall between apartments was damaged and missing, which is what allowed the fire to spread unchecked so quickly. This also points to deferred maintenance.
Remember that maintenance is expensive, and not all landlords do as much of it as they should On the other hand, Ohio renters insurance is cheap and can protect you after a terrible apartment fire like this one.