Space heaters have a nasty reputation for causing deadly accidents. Something as simple as wanting to get warm can go so horribly wrong, putting life and property at risk, which is why they ought to be banned in a rental home. The thing with space heaters is that it happens too often: a family goes to bed on a cold winter night, counting on their space heaters to keep them warm – and they never see the light of day. Either the electric heater has malfunctioned and filled the home with toxic fumes, or it has sparked an electrical fire from which there is little hope of escape. The last thing any Georgetown property owner needs is to find that such a catastrophe has occurred to their residents.
Electric heaters are understood to be the safer option for residential use than fuel-based models. However, despite this fact, electric heaters should still be used with due caution. The recommended safety practices should be observed strictly, especially if your residents have children and pets as they are particularly vulnerable to injuries caused by space heaters. Also, there’s no assurance that your residents will even understand let alone follow the recommended safety practices or use the space heater correctly. The risk is just too high and unfavorable results are probable.
Banning space heaters is the safest way to go about it. Doing so would place your investment and your residents most of all in a safer situation compared to if you don’t ban space heaters. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has estimated that over 25,000 residential fires are caused by space heaters each year. These fires result in more than 300 deaths and 6,000 emergency room visits annually. While some of these injuries are burns from touching a space heater unit, others are far more serious.
As the rental property owner, you carry a high risk of liability if you allow your residents to use space heaters. While your landlord’s insurance covers the damage to the rental home itself, if a space heater has caused any loss of life or serious injury, that may result in further legal action against you. Lawsuits alleging negligence or worse could threaten not only your livelihood, but also your assets and, in some cases, your freedom.
Regular property evaluations are crucial to protecting your property from the dangers presented by space heaters. At Real Property Management LoneStar, regular evaluations are a foundational piece of our property management program. We believe that the safety of your residents is a top priority, as is protecting you and your investment from the dangers of noncompliance. Please contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-520-9060 or our Dallas office at 972-949-2000 for more information.
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