14 Dec Pass These Holiday Safety Tips On To Your Renters
Last year, so many people and families stayed home during the holiday season due to the social distancing regulations. This year, you will most likely encounter a higher number of your renters going back to larger holiday gatherings as they are more open to having a normal feeling get together.
It’s always wise to be proactive and property managers and landlords should be so when it comes to passing along holiday safety information this holiday season. Many times, holidays involve family traditions and a lot of food, and safety should be thought about when planning the get togethers. These concerns should be brought to attention before the gatherings begin. A simple text message or email with a link to safety information is a quick and effective way to help your tenants stay safe over the holidays.
Tips For Kitchen Safety:
50 percent of all house fires start in the kitchen according to the National Fire Protection Association. Many inexperienced cooks and bakers might be tempted to test their hand at preparing part of a traditional meal this year. A small reminder about safety in the kitchen can go a long way for your renters and also your investment.
- Test your smoke alarms before cooking to ensure they are working properly.
- While baking or cooking, do not leave the kitchen unattended.
- Do not put oven mitts or towels too close to a burner or hot pot. They can easily catch fire.
- Cooking and baking while under the influence is never a good idea.
- If something is cooking or baking, do not leave your house.
- If possible, keep children from playing in the kitchen while food is being prepared. Keep them away from sharp objects and away from slow cookers or plate warmers.
- Clean up any spills to the floor to prevent falling while holding sharp or hot items.
Also, make sure they know how to correctly put out a grease fire.
Your renters may begin decorating for the holiday season and while this festive tradition will bring much needed and appreciated joy, it’s also a good time to remind them to keep an eye out for any safety risks. If you have an open flame policy, now is a nice time to mention it. Give some decorating ideas that are damage free to ensure no permanent marks are done to the property.
- Throw away and replace anything with frayed or worn cords.
- Use a timer to automatically turn decorations off at night or while leaving your property.
- More than 3, leave them be – Never string more than 3 strands of lights together to prevent overloading the outlet.
- Blow out candles when going to bed and never leave candles burning unattended. Battery-operated candles are a safer option.
- If you have a real tree, keep it well hydrated and away from heat sources.
- Use a proper ladder when hanging any decor in high places.
Travel Safety Tips:
Remind your renters to let you know if they’ll be gone for an extended period of time. This will safeguard the property as you will be able to keep an eye out for criminal activity or even notice something like a pipe that has burst outside and would go unnoticed otherwise.
A simple text or email as a preventative measure can go a long way to protect the property, the tenants, and to make sure everyone has a happy and safe holiday season.
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