Holiday Home Safety Tips to Provide Your Tenants
The fast-approaching holiday season is full of busy social calendars, traveling, shopping, baking, wrapping – the list could go on and on. It is easy to find yourself pre-occupied with everything going on and forget even the most basic safety measures. Be proactive and send out a list of these reminders to your tenants of holiday home safety tips to ensure the safety of the tenant and your rental property.
Don’t share travel plans. By spreading the word – whether in the neighborhood or on social media – you are letting everyone know that your home will be unattended for a specific amount of time. This is a surefire way to experience a break-in.
String the lights – safely. The holidays come with an increase in house fires. And, many of those come from overloaded electrical outlets or compromised lights. Before the lights go up, inspect them to make sure there are no frayed or exposed wires and no broken bulbs. Do not place the lights against any flammable material. And, lastly, do not overload your electrical outlets.
For outdoor lights, also make sure to check for frayed or exposed wires as well as broken bulbs before decorating. If you must replace a bulb, do so while the lights are unplugged. Review the tag and/or packaging of your lights to make sure they are approved for outdoor use.
Lights off. If you are going to be away from home for the day and/or evening and when you go to bed, make sure to keep your lights off. Leaving these on and unattended is a fire hazard. Using an indoor and outdoor automatic timer is always a smart idea.
The tree. If bringing a real tree into your home, make sure that the tree is as fresh as possible to reduce the risk of fires. Keep it away from candles, space heaters, furnaces, etc. Also, make sure to keep the lights off when unattended. Last, but not least, always keep a real tree well hydrated! On the flip side, if you choose an artificial tree, purchase on those with a “non-flammable” label.
In the kitchen. A lot of time is spent cooking and baking in the kitchen during the holidays. And, many times, this occurs in social situations. Do not leave the stove or oven unattended while in use. And do not allow yourself to get pre-occupied with guests that you forget what you’ve got going on in the kitchen.
Hide the gifts. Do not leave presents – wrapped or not – in exposed view from the outside. This can entice would-be burglars into dropping the “would-be” and taking your gifts off your hands. Keep them out of view. In addition, once the gifts are open, do not place any box for a desired item out for trash pickup in advance. This signals to what is inside the home.
While it is not possible to halt everything negative, it is possible to take precautions – saving your tenants (and you) from becoming the victim of a careless fire, break-in, etc. Inform your tenants before it’s too late!