Fire safety checks can easily be
included during your inspection of the building. Since an unsafe condition
in a tenant's apartment can affect other tenants, it is crucial the
condition be corrected. Questions about specific problems can be addressed
by contacting the Bellingham Fire Prevention Bureau at (360) 676-6832.
The Bellingham Fire Department tries to include all apartment buildings
and congregate residences (5 or more non-related people) in an annual
inspection of the property. The fire department tries to gain access to
common areas such as furnace rooms, laundry rooms, halls, and storage areas.
Try to leave these areas unlocked if possible. The fire department is
looking for such problems as non-working smoke alarms, non- maintained fire
extinguishers, unnecessary combustibles, blocked exits, addressing, operable
windows in sleeping rooms, and combustibles in furnace rooms etc.