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

Dunnellon Resident Holding a Stack of a Decorated Pumpkin and a Jack-o-LanternTrick-or-treating is a popular Halloween activity in cities and towns all over the country… and this obviously includes Dunnellon. Notwithstanding whether your tenants are setting up to take part in trick-or-treating by going out or by receiving costumed guests for candies, there is a significant strategy that they can carry out to establish an evening that is a safe and enjoyable one for all. As a property owner, we uphold regular tenant communication and this definitely includes generously offering worthwhile tidbits such as trick-or-treating safety tips.

If your tenants are preparing to take to the streets trick-or-treating, they should carefully observe certain simple safety rules. For illustration, you can urge tenants to apply reflective tape on costumes or carry flashlights to help improve visibility while walking down dark streets. It is indeed a good plan to impart suggestions related to costumes. Avoid masks that obstruct your vision and skip the oversized shoes, robes, or skirts that could cause someone to trip and fall. And when the time comes for them to leave the house, have your tenants secure all doors, douse any candles, and turn off all electronic decorations. In many cases, when these are left unattended, candles and electric decorations are one of the leading causes of residential fires on Halloween.

Properly preparing for visitors is additionally a significant part of celebrating Halloween. As the property owner, you can contribute by carrying out regular landscaping maintenance or ensuring that your tenants have done so. Clearing away overgrowth, low-hanging branches, and other potential hazards are the right course of action for any time of the year.

Tenants should be gently urged to fulfill their part by clearing leaves and debris from sidewalks, driveways, and walkways, likewise taking out each and every tripping hazards like garden hoses. It is a brilliant plan to inspect every one of the property’s exterior lights and replace any burned-out bulbs. Dark areas on all parts of 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 endeavoring to display jack o’ lanterns, it is a brilliant idea to guide them on how to do this safely. On top of keeping doorways and walkways free of candles and other hazards, you could also encourage your tenants to use lighting sources that do not require an open flame. In the event that your tenant insists on having candles in their decorating, see to it that they are situated at a safe distance from where visitors might be walking or standing. It is even crucial to safeguard that all 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 things your tenant can perform to prevent accidents and injuries on Halloween. If your tenant has pets and plans to give out candy on Halloween, they should properly 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. The last thing you need is to get sued because your tenant’s dog injured someone.

Your tenant should furthermore learn what items are considered safe and appropriate for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Store-bought, individually wrapped items are some of the ideal choices, as are treats that are relatively large so as to not pose a choking hazard. In many parts, it is a nice idea indeed to leave a bowl of treats outside if your tenant is not planning to hand out candies themselves. This way can definitely contribute to preventing your rental property from being turned into a target of Halloween pranks and vandalism.

While educating your tenants is a vital component of owning and maintaining rental properties, it also takes time. With an awful lot of aspects of your real estate investing business pressing you for your time and care, it might make sense to hire a Dunnellon property manager. Real Property Management Diversified is an expert in the industry, providing services that allow you to spend your time on more valuable aspects of rental property ownership. To know some more concerning what we can provide for property owners like yourself, contact us online or call us at 352-854-2221.

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