Christmas season is officially almost here. Expect more family get-togethers, social gatherings, beautiful gifts and twinkling lights among others. For many, seasonal decorations are not the same if there is no Christmas tree, complete with lights and ornaments. Kyle rental property owners must be open to the idea that their tenants are not different from the rest and could probably be thinking of a Christmas tree as an integral part of their holiday celebrations.
To be fair, decorations are not always a problem, it is because Christmas trees have an extremely flammable nature. When combined with electrical sparks or overheating cords, a dry Christmas tree can turn into a roaring house fire in less than a minute. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires started by Christmas trees average 200 per year. Every year, these fires cause an average of $14.8 million in property damage, 16 injuries, and six deaths.
As the property owner, it is significant to let the vital message of basic fire safety tips travel to your renters before the holiday season. While prohibiting Christmas trees overall is likely not a possibility, there are fairly easy things your tenants can do to guard themselves and your rental home from the risk of fire.
The American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) offers a number of safety precautions that can significantly reduce the risk of your tree catching fire. These precautions include:
- Buy a fresh (real) tree or an artificial tree. Fresh trees are safer due to their inherent fire resistance. Artificial trees are also much safer than real trees are due to the fact that they won’t dry out over time.
- Water your fresh tree consistently. Fresh trees must be watered regularly and removed immediately after the holiday or as soon as the needles begin to drop.
- Place your tree away from heat sources and open flames, such as fireplaces, candles and heat vents.
- Use safety-tested lights and throw out any damaged light sets.
- Turn off the Christmas tree lights before going to bed or leaving the home. Leaving the lights on all night or while away increases your risk of fire.
- Keep an up-to-date fire extinguisher nearby in the event that sparks or flames do appear.
Making sure that your tenants understand and know about these Christmas tree safety tips can go a long way. You will have the peace of mind knowing your tenants know how to protect themselves and your rental home and let everyone enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday. With Real Property Management LoneStar by your side, we can guarantee that these safety precautions are shared with your renters and that all holiday decorations meet basic safety guidelines. For more information about our full-service property management services, please contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-520-9060 or our Dallas office at 972-949-2000.
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