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Fire Prevention in High-Rise Living

By Isaac Aelion, Commissioner

(Thursday, March 22, 2018) – While a number of high-rises were already built when the City of Sunny Isles Beach was incorporated in 1997, many more have been built since then, and today, 85% of residents live in high-rises. Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue is the entity responsible for overseeing fire safety and fire code enforcement in the City. Each high-rise must pass a fire inspection every year to ensure it complies with the building fire codes.

Though fires are rare in our City, recently one occurred in a high-rise. As a result, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue suggested educating high-rise residents on fire prevention measures. The Fire Division Chief is planning to meet with each high-rise in Sunny Isles Beach to conduct training courses and drills.

The first of these trainings was at a Winston Towers Master Condominium Association meeting where Fire Division Chief Darren Williams gave a detailed presentation on the importance of fire drills to ensure that residents are prepared and aware of what to do in the unlikely event of a fire.

All residents should feel safe and secure in their buildings, and fire training and prevention practices are important tools when establishing a foundation of safety and prosperity. For more fire safety information visit