As the Christmas season is fast approaching, a lot of families will be getting together with social gatherings, beautiful gifts, and twinkling lights. For most of us, seasonal decorations are not the same if a beautiful Christmas tree, complete with lights and ornaments are missing. Fort Worth rental property owners understand this fact and would accept that their tenants would also want a Christmas tree to be part of their holiday celebrations.
Although decorations are not always a cause for concern, Christmas trees are different probably because of their 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.
Being the property owner, it is part of your job to make sure your renters know about basic fire safety tips prior to the holiday season. While prohibiting Christmas trees entirely is likely not a possibility, there are some relatively easy things your tenants can do to protect themselves and your rental home from the risk of fire.
The American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) offers several 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.
Getting the Christmas tree safety tips to your renters in Fort Worth can protect your rental homes and help everyone appreciate a safe and peaceful holiday. With Real Property Management Preston Trails 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 us at 214-477-6518.