Fire Safety and Landlord Responsibility

Web Admin - Thursday, December 18, 2014

Illinois smoke detector, landlord responsibility, Schaumburg personal injury attorneyWith the nights getting longer and the days getting colder, fire safety is especially important during the holiday season. In fact, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's statistics, over $2 billion in property damage occurs every year as a result of winter fires. The culprits can vary from holiday cooking and decorating, to an increased use of space heaters to keep out the chill. Fortunately, there are numerous steps that people can take to keep themselves safe from fire damage during the winter. Additionally, landlords should pay special attention during this season, so that they can be sure that they understand their fire responsibilities.

Fire Prevention Tips

Some fire prevention tips like making sure to maintain working smoke detectors are repeated year round, but there are some special things that people can do during this time of year to reduce their risk of fire. One of the major culprits of holiday fires are holiday decorations. People can find it tempting to string together strand after strand of lights, but these sorts of decorations are only built to connect so many times. Plugging too many into each other can risk creating a spark.

Holidays also tend to be a time of year where there are a lot of open flames around the house. Whether it is a fire in the fireplace or a set of candles in a menorah, these can pose a serious risk if people do not properly supervise them, or they keep them too close to flammable items like curtains or dried out Christmas trees. Similarly, excessive use of space heaters, especially overnight or when no one is home, can also set fire to household objects.

Landlord's Responsibilities

Landlords also have a variety of special responsibilities during this season. One of the most important is set out in the Illinois Smoke Detector Act. This Act makes it the responsibility of a building's owner to install smoke detectors, and to maintain the detectors in common areas like hallways. Similarly, it makes it the tenant's responsibility to maintain the detectors that the owner has put in their living areas, and it makes it the tenant's responsibility to notify the landlord if there is a problem with the detector that they cannot fix.

Landlords also have a duty to ensure that their building is up to local building codes. This includes having safe electrical wiring, which can be especially important around the holiday season. Failure to maintain adequate wiring can be a fire risk, and even if it does not cause a fire it violates the tenant's right to a habitable structure.

Fires can be some of the most devastating disasters on a personal level. If your home was damaged or destroyed in a fire and you think someone else was to blame, contact an Illinois personal injury attorney today. Our team represents people across the northwest suburbs, including in Schaumburg, Mount Prospect, and Arlington Heights. Call Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC to schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Recent Posts


caregiver disability benefits Thanksgiving Do Not Resuscitate personal injury digital evidence foreclosed rental property Crystal Lake traffic lawyer hands free device mortgage estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, overtime violations medical malpractice Attorney Ken Apicella Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers insurance claim denial car accidents pet law construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Detainer Actions pay when paid contract breathalyzer test Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Illinois construction accident attorney personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys loss of consortium Illinois employment law attorneys Deer Park real estate law firm Inverness DUI lawyer insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys cell phone Landlord Tenant Ordinance Deer Park traffic lawyer texting while driving PTSD pedestrian accidents field sobriety test IRELA Illinois lawyer owner responsibility Palatine injury attorney life insurance claims traffic accidents condo Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Illinois corporate lawyer blended families probate lawyer tax attorney Palatine personal injury lawyer privacy Rolling Meadows insurance attorney unfunded trust Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Super Mario Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Home Remodeling Repair Act Buffalo Grove law firm compensatory time Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Inverness real estate lawyer Palatine Attorney Deer Park criminal attorney Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer boating under the influence Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Palatine corporate attorney Chicago estate planning lawyer installment contracts Schaumburg Attorney living trust benefits Arlington Heights insurance attorney probate process murder estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Arlington Heights TBI attorney filing a medical malpractice claim denied insurance claim trusts Illinois civil litigation lawyer trustee Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Schaumburg car crashes Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney insurance claim denied insurance claims truck collisions employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys holiday statistics DGAA Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act subcontractor Barrington workers compensation attorney Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Crystal Lake employment law attorney car accident Des Plaines DUI attorney uninsured motorist Fourth of July medical malpractice compensation new real estate form Chicago insurance claim attorneys Inverness civil lawyer workers compensation benefits Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Illinois traffic attorney Crystal Lake pet attorney Crystal Lake law firm Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney Palatine employment attorney Palatine business attorney Barrington business law firm Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers employment attorney loopholes estate planning lawyer license Crystal Lake injury attorney drunk driving statistics FSLA employees Illinois workers compensation attorney institutional trustee Schaumburg drug defense lawyer insurance claim delay Illinois employment lawyer Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys college kids pedestrian accident suspended license Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers dram shop law trust payments Schaumburg employment attorney pain and suffering Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney trucking accident lawyers unpaid overtime Illinois business lawyer preventable medical errors involuntary manslaughter caretaker rights Barrington drug crime attorney clemency employee discrimination Palatine probate lawyer surgical mistakes Barrington estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer condo association Rolling Meadows tax attorney business litigation home inspection lawyer civil rights violation traffic violations defense traffic tickets capital gains tax Barrington employment law firm appealing an insurance claim nursing home negligence commercial leases preventing accidents real estate attorney employment contract car collision anesthesia errors Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Crystal Lake tax lawyer Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Schaumburg traffic lawyer Self-Directed IRA Accounts DMV Illinois speeding lawyer bicycle dooring accidents workers comp controlled substance pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association problem employees POA digital assets IRA benefits wrongful termination low-ball insurance settlement Illinois medical malpractice case Inverness personal injury attorney Deer Park employment law attorney Inverness accident lawyer automated cars trench injuries Illinois estate planning swimming pools expungement Buffalo Grove traffic attorney insurance claim denials first degree murder Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney employment law, Illinois employment laws estate tax spinal cord injuries Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer traffic crimes Des Plaines real estate attorney Des Plaines collections attorney Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission work unions Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Liquor Control Act Des Plaines Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers real estate closing auto accidents license suspension spinal cord injury life insurance lawyer Arlington Heights trucking lawyer insurance denial appeals Illinois personal injury lawyers Illinois injury lawyer Illinois insurance attorney Long Grove estate planning trauma after an accident car accident lawyers workplace sexual harassment severance agreements civil litigation medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers sexual harassment Long Grove real estate attorney Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer personal injury attorney Arlington Heights personal injury attorney product liability Illinois will lawyer marijuana crimes attorney independent contractor Illinois business law atorneys Arlington Heights tax lawyer internet Barrington criminal lawyer Illinois probate lawyer Palatine insurance lawyer Illinois rollover accident lawyers Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer GM ignition switches motorcycle accident Chicago employment lawyer Illinois insurance claim attorney bike accident Des Plaines accident attorney life insurance policy Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Palatine real estate lawyer Barrington attorney Illinois small business Illinois red light cameras Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Illinois bicycle safety Retaliatory Discharge rollover car crashes Buffalo Grove real estate attorney vacation home IRA trust transfer distracted driving accidents Crystal Lake employment attorney Crystal Lake business law attorneys healthcare claims comparative negligence agent Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer manufacturing Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer natural gas explosion Arlington Heights Attorney Des Plaines injury law firm investment property wills Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Mount Prospect elder law attorney Arlington Heights employment attorney Arlington Heights criminal lawyer traffic offenses Employment Discrimination Law fiduciary rule delay FMLA Inverness elder law lawyer Illinois mortgages Policy Cancellation motorcycle accident lawyer Des Plaines real estate lawyer Palatine construction attorney Illinois medical malpractice claim Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Family Medical Leave Act Rolling Meadows traffic law firm no contest clauses Schaumburg civil litigation attorney Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Illinois personal injury lawyer advance healthcare directive attorney fees Illinois traffic ticket lawyer blood alcohol content Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney estate planning Des Plaines claims law firm TBI Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Illinois attorney Illinois wills and trusts Illinois employment law firm Illinois insurance disputes Mt Prospect Attorney golf accidents insurance claims Palatine punch death BAIID Arlington Heights accident attorney Des Plaines personal injury attorney Illinois estate planning attorney Inverness injury lawyer food poisoning guardianship attorney Palatine traffic accidents living trust Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Crystal Lake car accident attorney Schaumburg estate planning lawyer personal injury law firm real estate lawyer Class A misdemeanor comp time Inverness real estate attorney estate planning for college students Illinois elder law attorney personal injury claim fiduciary rule Barrington employment attorney insurance agent negligence Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer homestead rights natural gas Chicago estate planning Des Plaines drug lawyer in terrorem provision Kenilworth estate planning attorney slip and fall accidents personal injury claims ACA criminal record landlord tenant law Chicago trucking accident attorney Inverness probate lawyer irrevocable trust Chicago insurance law firm breach of contract digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, boating DUI Colin Gilbert Palatine civil litigation lawyer underage DUI insurance negligence unpaid assessment wage theft DUI attorney School Visitation Rights Act DUI penalities slip and fall probate claims process Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act car accident lawyer Inverness traffic law firm Barrington criminal defense lawyer fault based insurance Arlington Heights real estate lawyer traumatic brain injuries Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Transfer on Death Instrument criminal Schaumburg probate attorney Illinois personal injury Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights car accident lawyer construction accidents Illinois employment laws criminal law Illinois workplace lawyer insurance claim dispute Palatine estate planning lawyer dynasty trusts probate fees social media after death elder abuse Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney Long Grove real estate lawyer Whistleblower Claims traffic laws Crystal Lake will lawyer IRS Jay Andrew Barrington Traffic Lawyer Illinois workers compensation lawyer cell phone tower data Illinois DUI attorney drug possession minimum wage Illinois real estate lawyer Chicago car accident lawyer Rolling Meadows business lawyer Barrington real estate lawyer federal regulations for LLCs traumatic brain injury Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Des Plaines criminal attorney Schaumburg criminal law attorney crossover accidents Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer power of attorney speeding BUI digital information healthcare Illinois pet lawyer Inverness insurance attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Schaumburg personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Illinois traffic attorneys Exclusions South Barrington real estate lawyer Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Crystal Lake employment lawyer Rolling Meadows Attorney pet bites Chicago lawyer icy parking lots Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer consent to a search Arlington Heights lawyer drugs meal breaks insurance dispute attorney estate planning attorney boating accidents Schaumburg estate attorney Palatine workers compensation lawyer employee rights probate claims accidental death benefits insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys financial advisors Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Home Sale Contingencies Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer Illinois home inspection Deer Park DUI lawyer Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer Schaumburg personal injury lawyer estate attorney Arlington Heights injury attorney real estate zoning Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Long Grove estate planning attorneys unauthorized overtime Forcible Entry Colin H. Gilbert Palatine criminal defense lawyer pizza emoji personal injury accidents Illinois personal injury attorney Schaumburg estate planning attorney Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Illinois Trust Code whistleblower protections Des Plaines civil attorney Barrington employment law attorney residential real estate Rolling Meadows criminal attorney insurance denials liability Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Illinois estate planning law firm cell phone accidents drug crime startup company Chicago employment attorney bicycle accidents Barrington litigation attorney Illinois employee rights attorney. Schaumburg employment law attorneys vacation home fines liability claims Buffalo Grove employment lawyer Illinois boating accident lawyer traffic violations gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Illinois registered agent Des Plaines insurance attorney Rolling Meadows real estate attorney marijuana Palatine law firm head on collisions Buffalo Grove probate lawyer commercial real estate Barrington personal injury attorney taxes Illinois coronavirus deadly crashes Illinois job attorney Arlington Heights car crash attorneys fatal car accidents deed transfer eluding a police officer living wills car crash injuries underinsured motorist insurance disputes Inverness estate planning lawyer South Barrington real estate attorney rest breaks sexual images Schaumburg construction accident lawyer drug crimes lawyer Illinois employment law bad faith insurance claims Long Grove estate planning attorney drug crimes DUI Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Palatine elder law attorney right to work hiring employees insurance adjusters defective products lawyer employee misclassification landlord criminal defense Illinois insurance dispute lawyers changes to mortgage law Illinois Probate Act of 1975 DNR Illinois living will foreclosure estate planning trusts medication errors federal crimes Affordable Care Act Chicago biking tips CAM Illinois collections attorney Des Plaines tax law firm insurance dispute Palatine employment law lawyer Illinois driving without license Des Plaines pet law attorney income distribution deducation Illinois medical malpractice attorney rollover accidents underfunded trust pregnant women privacy laws health insurance dispute Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute estate plan pedestrian-automobile accident operating agreements texting and driving Illinois LLC creation Illinois defective products attorney reckless homicide Illinois law Arlington Heights estate planning attorney probate sole proprietorship Illinois Human Rights Act distracted driving accident victims Illinois traffic laws Crystal Lake traffic attorney denial of life insurance Joliet general practice lawyers civil litigation attorney medical research BAC rent to own real estate contracts overtime pay Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Illinois trucking safety contracts Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Deer Park personal injury lawyer Illinois wills and trusts attorneys life insurance creditors Rolling Meadows traffic attorney forming a corporation in Illinois Illinois trusts attorney Chicago will attorney Crystal Lake accident attorney wrongful death traffic deaths Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer Arlington Heights traffic attorney Schaumburg injury lawyer Fair Labor Standards Act Chicago traffic lawyer commercial leasing small business Palatine corporate law attorneys Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument jet ski accidents premises liability Schaumburg insurance lawyers rumble strips medical malpractice claims back injuries Palatine civil attorney LLCs license revocation Deer Park traffic accident attorney Illinois traffic accident lawyer insurance agents senior citizens driving Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Deer Park accident attorney Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Palatine drug lawyer Palatine trusts lawyer dealing with problem employees living trust vs will personal injury lawyer Illinois employment attorneys Barrington personal injury lawyer ObamaCare revenge porn real estate leasing defective products insurance claim dispute attorney workers compensation employment lawyer Illinois employment law attorney Illinois Sales Representative Act wills and trusts Rolling Meadows employment law attorney Palatine traffic lawyer Illinois insurance lawyer ken apicella Des Plaines personal injury lawyer murder charges Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace construction contracts Illinois criminal defense attorney Illinois insurance claims lawyers Rolling Meadows employment attorney real estate attorneys Illinois car accident attorney products liability child safety employment law Chicago corporate attorney trucking accidents corporate law real estate contract real estate license reinstatement special needs trust Illinois tax attorney murder defense Illinois real estate elder law Schaumburg corporate attorney car crash dog bites Schaumburg criminal attorney Chicago attorney Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer mass shooting Palatine employment lawyer gift taxes Schaumburg elder law lawyer Illinois Smoke Detector Act Rolling Meadows accident lawyer jet ski job lawyers Barrington boating accident attorney brain injury Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer Schaumburg real estate lawyer medical marijuana Schaumburg car accident attorney Inverness corporate attorney drunk driving Legal Info Barrington civil litigation attorney power of attorney for healthcare Barrington estate planning lawyer paid sick leave modern family estate planning hit and run accident Barrington injury attorney liens DUI defense