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

West Fargo Resident Holding a Stack of a Decorated Pumpkin and a Jack-o-LanternTrick-or-treating is a popular Halloween celebration in cities and towns nationwide… and this also clearly includes West Fargo. It doesn’t really matter whether your tenants are thinking about trick-or-treating by going out or by receiving costumed guests for candies, there are the critical steps that they can implement to ensure the evening is safe and an enjoyable one for all. As a property owner, we believe in regular tenant communication and this surely encompasses giving valuable tidbits similar to this, for instance, trick-or-treating safety tips.

If your tenants are seriously planning to go outside trick-or-treating, they should obey a few simple safety rules. Take one example, you can ask tenants to use reflective tape on costumes or carry flashlights to help improve visibility while walking down dark streets. It is also an excellent thought to share some suggestions about their costumes. Avoid masks that obstruct your vision and skip the oversized shoes, robes, or skirts that could cause someone to trip and fall. When they are about to go out of the house, remind your tenants to secure all doors, douse any candles, and turn off all electronic decorations. In many incidents, when left unattended, candles and electric decorations are one of the leading causes of residential fires on Halloween.

Properly preparing for visitors is likewise an essential part of Halloween. As the property owner, you can assist by making regular landscaping maintenance or ensuring that your tenants have done so. Clearing away overgrowth, low-hanging branches, and other potential hazards is a great idea for any season of the year.

Tenants should be asked to fulfill their share of the responsibilities by clearing leaves and debris from sidewalks, driveways, and walkways, along with taking away any tripping hazards like garden hoses. It is a good plan to closely check 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 setting up to display jack o’ lanterns, it is the right idea to offer suggestions on how to bring it about safely. Aside from keeping doorways and walkways free of candles and other hazards, you could also prompt your tenants to use lighting sources that do not require an open flame. Supposing that it was your tenant that insists on using candles in their decorating, secure that they are placed at a safe distance from where visitors might be walking or standing. It is indeed necessary that whatever exterior decorations your tenant hangs up are 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 activities your tenant can carry about 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. Over and above that, the last thing you wish for is to get sued because your tenant’s dog injured someone.

Your tenant should, in addition, understand what items are considered safe and appropriate for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Store-bought, individually wrapped items are generally some of the best alternatives, as are items that are large enough to not pose a choking hazard. In several areas, it is a brilliant plan to leave a bowl of treats outside if your tenant is not planning to hand out candies themselves. This method can truly help your rental property in keeping it from becoming the target of Halloween pranks and vandalism.

While educating your tenants is a crucial part of obtaining and owning rental properties, it also takes time. With multiple factors of your real estate investing business that necessitate your time and careful focus, it might make sense to hire a West Fargo property manager. Real Property Management Optimum is an expert in the industry, providing services that allow you to spend your time on more valuable aspects of rental property ownership. To be informed more regarding what we can contribute to property owners like yourself, contact us online or call us at 320-460-7474.

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