If you are an investment homeowner in Raleigh then you have put a lot of time and effort into your rental home to make it a safe and enjoyable place for your tenants to reside. However, if you do not practice proper fire prevention habits, and instruct your residents to do so as well, then the protection of both your property and your residents could be in question.
Practicing fire safety is easy for both residents and homeowners to perform yearlong. Don’t wait for a fire hazard to present itself and begin preparing your rental house now to become fire smart. Check out these tips from Real Property Management Excellence to decrease fire danger with your Raleigh rental property.
Check Fire Extinguishers Regularly
As an investment homeowner, as soon as you’ve prepared your rental house for occupants to move in, and complied with property fire safety procedures like such as a fire extinguisher within the household, it can be easy to forget that it is there. Your residents may forget about the location of the fire extinguisher if not reminded. One of the best ways to ensure that your fire extinguisher is ready if needed would be to carry out a visual check annually.
While it appears simple, it could be lifesaving. During a visual check a homeowner or landlord should be sure that it is situated in its designated spot, that it isn’t damaged, nothing blocks or obstructs it and that it is fully operational. Additionally, you should check that that pressure gauge is within working range and the pull pin is sealed and intact. The fire extinguisher will also have a label on it, so be sure to indicate the date of the visual review when you perform it.
Fire Marshal Review
Many citizens and homeowners alike assume that you only contact the fire department when there’s an emergency. However, your local fire department provides a variety of free services to make certain that your property is safe from fire hazards. It’s necessary that this thorough fire review is accomplished by a specialist, and your residents are present to answer the questions and find out helpful fire prevention tips.
These home safety checks are all free, and worth every second of it. A fire marshal would rather give residents and homeowners tools to stop fires than put one in your kitchen out. The fire marshal will assess things such as evacuation plans, the frequency of fireplace and furnace cleaning, secure storage of flammable substances or if a smoke alarm needs replacement, etc.. Make the most of this free service yearly.
Appliance Fire Safety
Once you have prepared your Raleigh rental property as best you can to prevent a fire, you must also teach your residents how to make fire-safe choices in their daily life. This would include giving them directions to remove items which are surrounding or covering appliances like water heaters and furnaces.
It is ideal to indicate a place around those appliances with tape or some other form of permanent indicating that assists residents remember to keep any flammable things behind this line at all times.
Start making your Raleigh rental property a safer place to live today with these tips to reduce fire hazards. If you would like more information about Real Property Management Excellence and our services, contact us online or call us at 919-827-1107 for more information.
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