With Thanksgiving just a week away, we are in prime holiday season. Every person has different traditions: there’s decorations, hosting elaborate meals, hosting simple meals, and there’s going to a friend or family member’s to visit, among other options. No matter which of these your residents may partake in, there are potential issues that can make sure holidays not so festive. Take a look at these tips to help lower your property and your resident’s risk.
Many holiday decorations, while festive, can pose a potential risk if not handled in the correct way. Many people like the festiveness of live Christmas trees, but they have to be watered. A dry tree combined with continuously running lights can be very hazardously. Additionally, turn off lights when you leave the home. If putting up lights on a balcony or patio, make sure they are outdoor lights and that they aren’t resting on potentially flammable material.
These are just some of the issues you could encounter. An option you could do is post something in your office or on your Facebook page with Tip for the Holidays, or pass out a flyer to your residents. Residents will appreciate their safety being thought of.
Does your property have fireplaces? Have maintenance check each fireplace to ensure that it’s in the utmost working condition. This will go a long way with your residents and it will ensure safety for all so no fires break out. Additionally, always be careful hanging stockings on your fireplace and watchful while the fire is burning.
Property theft rises dramatically during the holiday season so it’s important to keep a closer eye out for strangers on your property. Criminals know that packages will be piling up, so instead of deliverymen dropping them off at the resident’s doors, have them drop them off in the office.
Many people travel out of town during the months of November and December. It’s again important to watch for unfamiliar people on your property. Caution your residents to leave a light on in their apartment. If possible, have a neighbor go in and change which light is on so it seems like someone is still there. Have a neighbor park in your parking spot as well. If the resident’s gone for an extended time, have their mail held, especially newspapers and packages that would be delivered to their doors. It’s important to hide any sign of absence.
The holidays are some of the best times of the year. If you follow these tips, you can combat the stress before it happens! Help you and your residents have a safe and fun holiday season this year!