Lighting sparklers and colorful fireworks go hand in hand with holiday festivities, most of us have fond memories of setting them up with the family or with friends. Fireworks can be a big part of the holiday fun, but for Catonsville owners of rental homes, they can also be a dangerous risk. However cautious one may be, the risk is just too much. Fire and explosives are synonymous with real danger, and personal injury is not just the only thing that you risk, but your property as well.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, fireworks caused 11,000 injuries and 4 deaths in 2016. In addition to personal injury, the NFPA reports that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year. 1,300 of those are structural fires and 300 are vehicle fires. It’s easy to imagine how that happens: if you’ve never encountered a firework inadvertently darting underneath a parked car and felt a moment of absolute fright, you’re one of the lucky ones. All told the NFPA estimate that fireworks cause $43 million in property damage each year.
Even if you have all the right precautionary stratagems, allowing tenants lighting fireworks in, on, or near your Catonsville rental homes is still unsafe. Although we get the reason behind the tradition entirely, we are all for safety, and the numbers alone are a compelling reason to sit down with your renters and let them know your hesitations about lighting fireworks at your rental property. One way to convince them to honor your request might be to offer them information on firework safety and the risks involved.
If that doesn’t appear to work, you need a property management company who realizes the risks of fireworks and can help your tenants recognize the danger involved. At Real Property Management Metro, we have the best interests of both tenants and your rental property in mind. We can take care of any questions or concerns your tenants may have about proper firework usage and handle any related issues that may arise.
When it comes to the health and safety of your real estate investment and your tenants, you need the kind of concern and expertise that our team has to offer. Please contact us online or by phone at 443-718-9832 for more information.
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