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Reducing Fire Hazards at Your Evansville Rental Property

Eliminate Fire Hazards on Your Evansville Property Before It's Too LateIf you are an investment homeowner in Evansville, then you have put a lot of time and effort into your rental property to make it a safe and enjoyable place for your residents to live. However, if you do not practice good fire prevention habits, or instruct your residents to do so, then the safety of both your property and your residents could be in question.

Practicing fire safety is easy for both homeowners and residents to do year-round. By taking the initiative and showing your residents that you care about their safety, you are establishing your credibility as an investment homeowner and setting yourself up for success. Don’t wait for a fire hazard to present itself and start preparing your rental home today to be fire smart. Check out these tips from Real Property Management Results to reduce fire hazard with your Evansville rental property.

1.      Check Fire Extinguishers Regularly

As an investment homeowner, once you have prepared your rental property for residents to move in and complied with property fire safety procedures such as including a fire extinguisher within the household, it can be easy to forget that it is there. Your residents may also forget about the location of the fire extinguisher if not reminded.  One of the best ways to ensure your fire extinguisher is ready if needed is to perform a visual check annually.

While it seems simple, it could be lifesaving. During a visual check a homeowner or landlord should make sure that it is in its designated spot, that it is not damaged, nothing blocks or obstructs it and that it is fully operational. Additionally, you should check that that pressure gauge is within operating range and that the pull pin is sealed and intact. The fire extinguisher will also have a tag on it, so be sure to mark the date of the visual assessment when you perform it.

2.      Fire Marshal Review

Many homeowners and residents alike assume that you only contact the fire department when there is an emergency. However, your local fire department offers a variety of free services to ensure that your property is safe from fire hazards. It is important that this comprehensive fire review is done by a professional, and that your residents are present to answer questions and learn helpful fire prevention tips.

These home safety checks are free, and worth every minute of it. A fire marshal would much rather give residents and homeowners tools to prevent fires than put one out in your kitchen. The fire marshal will assess items such as evacuation plans, the frequency of fireplace and furnace cleaning, safe storage of flammable materials, if your smoke alarm needs replacement, etc. Take advantage of this free service yearly.

3.      Appliance Fire Safety

Once you have prepared your Evansville rental property as best you can to prevent a fire, you must also instruct your residents to make fire-safe decisions in their day-to-day life. This would include giving them instructions to remove items that are surrounding or covering appliances such as water heaters and furnaces.

It is best to mark an area around these appliances with tape or some other form of permanent marking that helps residents remember to keep any flammable items behind this line at all times. Other items such as making sure all protective covers are in place and removing lint and dust from ducts will all serve to prevent fires happening in your rental property.

Start making your Evansville 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 Results and our services then contact us online or call us at 812-461-1676 today.

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