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

San Diego Resident Holding a Stack of a Decorated Pumpkin and a Jack-o-LanternTrick-or-treating is a popular Halloween festivity in cities and towns throughout the country which definitely includes San Diego. Irrespective of whether your tenants are organizing to engage in trick-or-treating by going out or by receiving costumed guests for candies, there are a number of important measures that they can perform to create an evening that is a safe and enjoyable one for all. As a property owner, we support regular tenant communication which simply means we offer bits of helpful and timely information as for instance trick-or-treating safety tips.

If your tenants are planning to go out and trick-or-treating, they should adhere to several simple safety rules. For example, you can gently remind tenants to make use of reflective tape on costumes or carry flashlights to help improve visibility while walking down dark streets. It is, furthermore, an excellent idea to share your recommendation in relation to costumes. Avoid masks that obstruct your vision and skip the oversized shoes, robes, or skirts that could cause someone to trip and fall. When exiting from the house, prompt your tenants to secure all doors, douse any candles, and turn off all electronic decorations. In many instances, when left unattended, candles and electric decorations are one of the leading causes of residential fires during Halloween.

Properly preparing for visitors is another aspect of celebrating Halloween. As the property owner, you can support this by executing regular landscaping maintenance or ensuring that your tenants have done so. Clearing away overgrowth, low-hanging branches, and other potential hazards are perfect ideas for any period of the year.

Tenants should be always encouraged to contribute in the effort of clearing leaves and debris from sidewalks, driveways, and walkways, along with taking out several tripping hazards like garden hoses. It is an excellent plan to examine the entire property’s exterior lights and replace any burned-out bulbs. Dark areas all 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 contemplating to decorate using jack o’ lanterns, it is a great idea to guide them how to make them safer. Along with safeguarding that doorways and walkways free of candles and other hazards, you could point out to your tenants to use lighting sources that do not require an open flame. Presuming it was your tenant’s insistence to choose candles in their decorating, see to it that they are set at a safe distance from where visitors might be walking or standing. It is as well imperative to ascertain that 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 a few other details your tenant can complete 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, at all times, 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. Other than that, the last thing you desire is to get sued because your tenant’s dog injured someone.

Your tenant should even ascertain what items are considered safe and appropriate for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Store-bought, individually wrapped items are just some of the better alternatives, as are candies that are big enough to not pose a choking hazard. In a lot of areas, it is a good plan to leave a bowl of treats outside if your tenant is not planning to hand out candies themselves. This technique can aid your rental property by preventing the possibility of it turning into the target of Halloween pranks and vandalism.

While educating your tenants is a principal element of having rental properties, it also takes time. With so many other aspects of your real estate investing business that need your time and supervision, it might make sense to hire a San Diego property manager. Real Property Management Realevate Specialists is an expert in the industry, providing services that allow you to spend your time on more valuable aspects of rental property ownership. To ascertain more with regards to what we have to give property owners like yourself, please contact us online or call our Mission Valley office at 858-997-2100 or our Temecula office at 951-461-0100 for more information.

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