For many people, the holiday season is the best time of the year. However, all the hustle and bustle of the holidays brings new challenges for landlords and property managers in Raleigh. Below are some tips to keep your Raleigh investment property and tenants as safe as possible this season!
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February. You can reduce the risk by distributing safety reminders to residents; checking the smoke alarms in all rentals; and schedule a chimney inspection and cleaning to ensure proper performance. Additionally, make sure residents are aware of correct evacuation procedures.
As residents plug in more and more lights to create the perfect festive atmosphere, beware of how much they are plugging in to which circuits. Instruct tenants to never use more than 3 strings of lights per extension cord, as this presents a definite fire hazard. In addition, remind residents to never leave electric heaters or electric heating blankets plugged in and running. More forgetful residents might want to employ the use of a timer.
Each year, around 22 million tons of rock salt is dumped on roads and sidewalks in the U.S. While this has been shown to reduce vehicular accidents, the environmental costs are significant: it seems into the soil, groundwater, lakes, and streams, making them unsafe for human and animal consumption. Consider these natural ice melting alternatives, and stock up!
The Christmas season means an increase in package deliveries and, unfortunately, an uptick in porch pirates. Installing very obvious surveillance cameras in the parking lots, security lights, and other security measures can go a long way towards making sure your residents’ packages are safe!
The holiday season presents a perfect opportunity for landlords to thank their tenants with small treats and gifts. You might make a “holiday care package” containing a sweet treat, fire and electric safety brochures, hand sanitizer (since this is flu season, after all!) and a small gift, like a calendar for the new year or ice scraper. These small tokens will help foster good relationships with your tenants that can last the whole year through!
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