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

Dearborn Resident Holding a Stack of a Decorated Pumpkin and a Jack-o-LanternTrick-or-treating is a popular Halloween undertaking in cities and towns nationwide and indeed as well as in Dearborn. Regardless of whether your tenants are preparing to become involved in trick-or-treating by going out or by receiving costumed guests for candies, there are necessary procedures that they can execute to make the evening into one that is a safe and enjoyable one for all. As a property owner, we promote regular tenant communication and this also definitely includes sharing tidbits like trick-or-treating safety tips.

If your tenants are seriously planning to go off trick-or-treating, they should abide by certain simple safety rules. As an illustration, you can spur tenants to apply reflective tape on costumes or carry flashlights to help improve visibility while walking down dark streets. It is additionally a great idea to share advice concerning costumes. Avoid masks that obstruct your visions and skip the oversized shoes, robes, or skirts that could cause someone to trip and fall. When they leave the house that night, don’t hesitate to remind your tenants to secure all doors, douse any candles, and turn off all electronic decorations. In the event that they’re left unattended, candles and electric decorations are one of the leading causes of residential fires on Halloween.

Properly preparing for visitors is indeed a very necessary part of celebrating Halloween. As the property owner, you can aid them by simply doing regular landscaping maintenance or ensuring that your tenants have done so. Clearing away overgrowth, low-hanging branches, and other potential hazards is a good plan for any season of the year.

Tenants should also be regularly encouraged to perform their role by clearing leaves and debris from sidewalks, driveways, and walkways, including taking away a few tripping hazards like garden hoses. It is a brilliant idea to go and see about the whole property’s exterior lights and replace any burned-out bulbs. Dark areas near and around 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 plotting to make and display jack o’ lanterns, it is a brilliant plan to assist them in carrying it out safely. Apart from ensuring that doorways and walkways free of candles and other hazards, you could once more remind your tenants to use lighting sources that do not require an open flame. Based on the assumption that your tenant insists on utilizing candles in their decorating, always make sure that they are at a safe distance from where visitors might be walking or standing. It is, moreover, relevant to make certain that each and every 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 several other actions your tenant can fulfill 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 keep their furry friends indoors and secure them 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. Not only that, the last thing you wish is to get sued because your tenant’s dog injured someone.

Your tenant should also realize what items are considered safe and appropriate for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Store-bought, individually wrapped items are often some of the most common and best selections, as are items that are fairly large so as to not pose a choking hazard. In lots of areas, it is oftentimes best to leave a bowl of treats outside if your tenant is not planning to hand out candies themselves. This proposed action can be beneficial to keep your rental property from not turning into the target of Halloween pranks and vandalism.

While educating your tenants is a very necessary feature of holding rental properties, it also takes time. With too many components of your real estate investing business requiring your time and attention, it might make sense to hire a Dearborn property manager. Real Property Management Metro Detroit is an expert in the industry, providing services that allow you to spend your time on more valuable aspects of rental property ownership. To understand more, related to what we have to present property owners like yourself, contact us online or call us at 248-808-6550.

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