Many tenants use fireplaces during the winter months, which is why it is important for tenants to know how to safely use a fireplace, from gas to wood burning to everything in between. Properly using a fireplace will prevent smoke damage, fires and a homeowner nightmare. Not to mention investors potentially losing their entire investment property from a fire. It’s happened plenty of times and our team at Barker Realty really focuses on educating both our clients, investors and tenants about these potential dangers.
Facts & Precautions
According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fires cause 374,000 homes catch on fire per year. This costs $8 billion in damage every year. Fireplaces are one of the top causes of home fires. Fifty percent of home fires occur during the months of December, January and February.
Obstructed flue, creosote buildup and fireplace damage are one of the leading causes of fires. Fireplace damage can also cause fires. Safety is of the utmost importance. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do in order to prevent fires.
We advise all Durham property managers, investors, rental property managers and landlords to have their chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional every year. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, then creosote will build up inside of the fireplace and flue. Creosote does not deposit inside of a gas fireplace. However, deposit and moisture can develop inside of a gas fireplace, which can also cause big issues down the road, such as causing the fireplace to deteriorate and not function properly.
You will also need to make sure that carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are working properly. The home should have a fire extinguisher inside of it. Furthermore, Durham property managers should educate new tenants about fireplace safety. They should also educate people about what they should do in order to properly use their fireplaces.
Let tenants know that they need to contact management as soon as possible if they suspect that something is wrong with the fireplace. There may not be a problem with the fireplace, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
If you need an experienced property management company to guide you through your new investment property or to take over your current portfolio, contact Barker Realty today to schedule a time to meet/talk. Our team is confident in helping you keep your rentals safe and your tenants happy.
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