Over the last several years, a popular trend in alfresco entertainment has been the backyard fire pit. There is an increasing number of patios and backyards that are being transformed into extensions of the house, designed for fun assemblies and family meetings.
As the owner of single-family rental homes in Buda, you naturally want to let your residents feel that your home is somewhat also theirs, and that includes sanctioning them to, within reason, enhance the house and yard according to their gusto. But some items, like a freestanding fire pit or a backyard fire area, are far more perilous than others and pose consequential risks to both residents and property owners.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits cause around 3,700 fires each year. Thanks to the popularity of fire pits in recent years, injuries related to their use tripled from 1,330 to 3,608 in just six years. Many cities and counties also have restrictions and laws surrounding whether a fire pit or outside fireplace are even allowed.
Of course, careful installation and correct utilization of fire pits can considerably reduce the jeopardies associated with fire pits. If you’ve decided to sanction a fire pit on your property, there are things you can do to protect both your authentic estate investment and your denizens. Fire prevention experts recommend that a fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or neighbor’s yard, and placed on a non-flammable surface, such as bricks or concrete. Fire pits should never be placed under a porch roof or low-hanging trees, and should never be used when windy or when air quality standards prohibit their use. The experts also advise never to leave a fire pit unattended and to watch children and pets carefully around open flames.
If you have a resident that has installed or used a fire pit without you knowing about it, you simply cannot take their word for it that they have taken the essential precautions or that they comprehend basic fire safety. Not knowing about a fire pit on your rental property won’t stop it from causing harm and injury, which is why the regular and consistent checking of all areas of your rental home is an important part of quality property management.
At Real Property Management LoneStar, we understand what it takes to protect your real estate investment. Our comprehensive and professional property management services offer proper oversight of your rental homes and can give you total peace of mind. You won’t need to worry about your residents accidentally burning your Buda rental house down when we’re on the job. For more information, please contact us online or call us at 512-520-9060 today!
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