Safe, Healthy Housing Checklist

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:16

Your residence is sweeter still when you enjoy the confidence that it's also safe housing.

If you believe there is an unsafe condition in your house or apartment, contact that owner, property manager, the city building inspector or the city fire inspector. For concerns about building code compliance, call 338-3220. For fire code compliance, call 338-3270.

This is a general safety checklist for houses or apartments. The list is not all-inclusive but is based on a current edition of the Washington State Building Code. The building code requires a building to comply with the codes in effect at the time it was built. The actual rules for the building you live in may be different than this list, that is if your building was built in the 1960s the building should comply with the codes in effect at that time which may not be the same as the codes for building today.  In particular, bedrooms in all housing built after 1969 and all bedrooms in older buildings that were created after 1969 are required to have egress windows complying with the building code in effect at that time. However, WAC 212-10 does require that all rental units be protected by a properly installed and maintained smoke detector, regardless of when it was built; the occupant is responsible for maintenance of the smoke detector. If you believe there is an unsafe condition in your house or apartment contact the building owner, their agent, the city building inspector or the city fire inspector.