A mother of three recently took action during an apartment fire that saved the lives of her children, herself, and possibly others. Shortly after cooking a meal, Antunisha Bradley left her kitchen to check on her children in the bedroom.
Soon Bradley’s fiance’ had entered the room to alert her of a fire in the kitchen that was quickly spreading.
Bradley immediately gathered up her children and fled the 8th floor apartment unit as smoke rapidly filled the room.
Bradley later stated to Fire officials that “I closed the door to the apartment because I didn’t want smoke to fill the hallways.” Once informed that her actions may have resulted in the fire not spreading beyond her unit she stated, “I wasn’t aware of that, but I’m glad that I did it.”
As a result of the fire, Bradley has become adamant about preparing a fire safety escape plan and practicing it with her family. She plans to make sure that she always have working smoke detectors in her home. The Cleveland Division of Fire applauds Antunisha Bradley for taking the steps she did to prevent the fire in her apartment from spreading and encourages all citizens to follow her example and consider the following:
Those who live in a high-rise apartment or condominium building or staying in high-rise hotels need to be prepared in the event of a fire. It is important to know the fire safety features in your building and work together with neighbors to help keep the building as fire-safe as possible.
- For the best protection, select a fully sprinklered building. If your building is not sprinklered, ask the landlord or management to consider installing a sprinkler system.
- Meet with your landlord or building manager to learn more about the fire safety features in your building (fire alarms, sprinklers, voice communication procedures, evacuation plans and how to respond to an alarm).
- Know the locations of all available exit stairs from your floor in case the nearest one is blocked by fire or smoke.
- Make sure all exit and stairwell doors are clearly marked, not locked or blocked by security bars and clear of clutter.
- If there is a fire, pull the fire alarm on your way out to notify the fire department and your neighbors.
- If the fire alarm sounds, feel the door before opening and close all doors behind you as you leave. If it is hot, use another way out. If it is cool, leave by the nearest way out.
- If an announcement is made throughout the building, listen carefully and follow directions.
- Use the stairs to get out—never use the elevator unless you are directed to by the fire department.
- GO to your outside meeting place and stay there. Call the fire department. If someone is trapped in the building, notify the fire department.
- If you can’t get out of your apartment because of fire, smoke or a disability, STUFF wet towels or sheets around the door and vents to keep smoke out.
- CALL the fire department and tell them where you are.
- OPEN a window slightly and wave a bright cloth to signal your location. Be prepared to close the window if it makes the smoke condition worse.
- Fire department evacuation of a high-rise building can take a long time. Communicate with the fire department to monitor evacuation status.