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

Fruitland Resident Holding a Stack of a Decorated Pumpkin and a Jack-o-LanternTrick-or-treating is a popular Halloween night activity in cities and towns across the entire country… and this surely includes Fruitland. Whether your tenants are actually planning to join trick-or-treating by going out or by receiving costumed guests for candies, there are essential steps that they can accomplish to bring about a safe and enjoyable evening for all. As a property owner, we foster regular tenant communication and this involves generously sharing beneficial tidbits, in particular, trick-or-treating safety tips.

If your tenants are thinking about going out for trick-or-treating, they should comply with various simple safety rules. For instance, you can advise tenants to have reflective tape on costumes or carry flashlights to help improve visibility while walking down dark streets. It is even a brilliant plan to share ideas about 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 do leave the house that evening, strongly urge your tenants to check and secure all doors, douse any candles, and turn off all electronic decorations. In many circumstances when left unattended, candles and electric decorations are one of the leading causes of residential fires on Halloween.

Properly preparing for visitors is, moreover, a great part of Halloween. As the property owner, you can absolutely be helpful by applying \ regular landscaping maintenance or ensuring that your tenants have done so. Clearing away overgrowth, low-hanging branches, and other potential hazards is a brilliant idea for any season of the year.

Tenants should be motivated to bring about their part by clearing leaves and debris from sidewalks, driveways, and walkways, also remove whatsoever tripping hazards like garden hoses. It is a great course of action to scrutinize the property’s exterior lights and replace any burned-out bulbs. Dark areas all over 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 preparing to make and display jack o’ lanterns, it is a wise idea to give them pointers on how to execute it safely. Other than keeping doorways and walkways free of candles and other hazards, you could remind your tenants to use lighting sources that do not require an open flame. In case your tenant really wants to use candles in their decorating, make certain that they are placed at a safe distance from where visitors might be walking or standing. It is so likewise essential to check that the exterior decorations your tenant hangs up are 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 several other steps your tenant can accomplish to prevent accidents and injuries on Halloween. If your tenant has pets and plans to give out candy on Halloween, they should see to it to keep their furry friends indoors and secured 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. Also, the last thing you expect is to get sued because your tenant’s dog injured someone.

Your tenant should, as well, completely understand what items are considered safe and appropriate for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Store-bought, individually wrapped items are for sure some of the better varieties, as are candies that are big enough to not pose a choking hazard. In quite a lot of locations, it is an excellent idea to leave a bowl of treats outside if your tenant is not planning to hand out candies themselves. This approach can be helpful for your rental property to not be the target of Halloween pranks and vandalism.

While educating your tenants is a key element of keeping rental properties, it also takes time. With the many other aspects of your real estate investing business wanting your time and careful attention, it might make sense to hire a Fruitland property manager. Real Property Management Uintah is an expert in the industry, providing services that allow you to spend your time on more valuable aspects of rental property ownership. To learn much more regarding what we can grant property owners like yourself, contact us online or call us at 435-214-4686.

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