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Less Tricks, More Treats: Tips for Staying Safe this Halloween

Cottonwood Heights Resident Holding a Stack of a Decorated Pumpkin and a Jack-o-LanternTrick-or-treating is a popular Halloween affair in cities and towns on a national scale and this absolutely includes Cottonwood Heights. Doesn’t matter whether your tenants are getting ready to be a part of trick-or-treating by going out or by receiving costumed guests for candies, there are relevant steps that they can conduct to ensure the evening is a safe and enjoyable one for all. As a property owner, we strongly encourage regular tenant communication and this incorporates freely sharing helpful bits, as for example, trick-or-treating safety tips.

If your tenants are planning to go outside and do trick-or-treating, they should keep and observe particular simple safety rules. For instance, you can urge tenants to take advantage of reflective tape on costumes or carry flashlights to help improve visibility while walking down dark streets. It also is a nice idea to give advice regarding costumes. Avoid masks that obstruct your vision and skip the oversized shoes, robes, or skirts that could cause someone to trip and fall. When they depart from the house, continue to encourage your tenants to not forget to secure all doors, douse any candles, and turn off all electronic decorations. Oftentimes, when left unattended, candles and electric decorations are one of the leading causes of residential fires on Halloween.

Properly preparing for visitors is still a necessary attribute of Halloween. As the property owner, you can be of great help by having regular landscaping maintenance done or ensuring that your tenants have done so. Clearing away overgrowth, low-hanging branches, and other potential hazards is a great idea for any season.

Tenants should also be gently reminded to take up their part and responsibility by clearing leaves and debris from sidewalks, driveways, and walkways, and also getting out various tripping hazards like garden hoses. It is an excellent idea to survey completely the property’s exterior lights and replaces any burned-out bulbs. Dark areas throughout the property should be illuminated with extra light sources, such as landscaping lights or even battery-powered tea lights in decorative bags. A clear and well-lit walkway is a safe walkway.

If your tenant is organizing to make a display of jack o’ lanterns, it is a perfect idea to guide them on how to make those safely. Aside from ensuring that doorways and walkways free of candles and other hazards, you could prompt your tenants to use lighting sources that do not require an open flame. Given that it may be your tenant insisting on making use of candles in their decorating, check that they are laid at a safe distance from where visitors might be walking or standing. It is, furthermore, a salient point to make sure that every single exterior decoration your tenant hangs up is properly secured. Should a decorative item fall and injure a visitor or an improperly placed candle burn someone or start a fire, this could result in a lawsuit against you as the property owner.

There are a few more steps your tenant can put into effect to prevent accidents and injuries on Halloween. If your tenant has pets and plans to give out candy on Halloween, they should make sure to securely keep their furry friends indoors and in a safe location. It’s in the best interest of the pet while ensuring nobody gets hurt because a dog was stressed out by strangers. In addition, the last thing you ask for is to get sued because your tenant’s dog injured someone.

Your tenant should, indeed, apprehend what items are considered safe and appropriate for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Store-bought, individually wrapped items are commonly known as far better choices, as are the kinds of stuff that are rather large so as to not pose a choking hazard. In numerous areas, it is an excellent thought to leave a bowl of treats outside if your tenant is not planning to hand out candies themselves. This method can actually keep your rental property from being the target of Halloween pranks and vandalism.

While educating your tenants is a necessary part of acquiring and maintaining rental properties, it also takes time. With many parts of your real estate investing business calling for your time and management, it might make sense to hire a Cottonwood Heights property manager. Real Property Management Wasatch is an expert in the industry, providing services that allow you to spend your time on more valuable aspects of rental property ownership. To find out more, relating to what we can give to property owners like yourself, contact us online or call us at 801-418-9835.

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