Summer Safety Tips for Renters
By Kerry Curry, Contributing Writer
It’s summer, and the temperature is rising across the country. This is the time of year when renters enjoy spending time outdoors — swimming, barbecuing and enjoying a cold drink.
It’s also a good time for residential property investors to send tenants summer safety tips and reminders to make sure summertime is both safe and fun.
We’ve compiled a few key tips to ensure your tenants enjoy the great outdoors and keep your property intact:
- Barbecue grills. If you have patios or decks, make sure your lease agreement contains proper restrictions on barbecue grills. Some cities restrict the use of grills on apartment porches or decks due to the risk of fire. If your rental is a single-family property, you may have more leeway regarding an outdoor grill, but you may want to set parameters about how far it should be located from the house. Remind tenants not to leave a heat source unattended.
- Pools and hot tubs. If your rental has a pool or outdoor spa, make renters aware of the risks. Insist that children and pets never be left unattended in the pool area and make sure your pool has a secure fence and gate to prevent unauthorized entry. Drownings are silent and can happen in an instant. One adult should always be designated to watch children swimming without distraction, suggests the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has downloadable safety educational materials on its website.
- Fertilizer and yard equipment. For renters who garden or do yard work, advise them to keep all fertilizers, chemicals and dangerous equipment out of the reach of children and pets.
- Fireworks. Although the Fourth of July has passed, your tenants may still have a stockpile of fireworks that they’ll set off throughout the summer. Remind them that they are expected to comply with all local ordinances regarding the discharge of fireworks and to be aware of any burn bans or extra dry weather conditions that could make this practice risky.
- Protection from pests and sun. If your rentals are in an area where there are mosquito-borne illnesses such as the West Nile virus or tick illnesses such as Lyme disease, remind your tenants to use preventative care to stay healthy and safe. As the incidences of skin cancer rise, tenants should also get in the habit of protecting themselves from the sun’s harmful rays with sunscreen.
As a residential property investor, you may have in mind your own set of safety tips that you want to send out by email, mail or via a door hanger. Make it a habit to give your tenants a few safety pointers each spring or summer. They’ll appreciate your concern as they look forward enjoying the great outdoors.
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