Stanexpat said:When I lived there I installed my own smoke detectors. I lived in one high rise in Peru that had smoke detectors and an alarm system. I discovered that the system had been disconnected because because the administrator of the building didn't want to pay for the required twice annual maintenance. I informed them that I would not pay the monthly fees and would advise others in the building to do the same until the system was back on line. They quickly had the system repaired.
Installing your own smoke detectors is a great idea, we had an electrical fault a month ago that smoked the house, luckily no fire, but planning on installing a detector now. How much did you pay for yours out of curiosity? The fact that Argentina is not as reliant on electricity is probably also a factor in the number of fires.
Its also true that even though many buildings carry fire extinguishers, many are probably so old they wouldnt function. I didnt know this before but some types of fire extinguishers DO EXPIRE ! Not a bad idea to buy a small one of your own, they do sell small ones for cars.
Of course at the end of the day locked fire exits is a problem that needs to be solved.