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Who Is Responsible for Fire Safety in Condos? Townhouses VS. Apartments

Michele Farley
Publication date:
May 19, 2023
Article Summary: 

Responsibility for fire safety in condos differs between townhouses and apartments. In townhouse communities, the responsibility can be complex, with individual units often having different life safety equipment. Some communities have shared systems, while others require each unit to have its own smoke alarms and CO detectors. It's crucial to define and communicate the responsibilities clearly to unit owners. In apartment communities, each building must have a Fire Safety Plan that outlines the required fire and life safety systems, maintenance, staff training, and emergency procedures. Ultimately, the responsibility for maintaining fire code compliance lies with the condo corporation, but specific responsibilities may vary for property managers, contractors, and unit owners. Seeking professional help to understand and implement fire safety measures is recommended.


Fire Safety, Condos, Townhouses, Apartments, Condo Ownership, Life Safety Systems, Smoke Alarms, CO Detectors, Fire Safety Plan, Fire Code Compliance, Unit Owners, Property Manager, Contractors, Communication, Responsibilities.

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Michele Farley
Who Is Responsible for Fire Safety in Condos? Townhouses VS. Apartments
May 19, 2023
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