Baltimore Property Management Tips: Fireplace Safety & Chimney Inspections

As a landlord, it is your duty to provide your tenants with a rental property that is not only aesthetically pleasing and comfortable, but also safe. But what happens when one of the most visually appealing aspects of your rental property is also a safety hazard? That is the problem you face if your rental property has a fireplace.

If your rental property includes a fireplace, there are several things that both you and your tenant should be aware of.

For Landlords:

  1. As a landlord, it is your responsibility to have your chimney inspected and cleaned before the weather cools. This ensures everything is in working order.
  2. Place a fire extinguisher near the fireplace. It is better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Place smoke detectors near the fireplace and by each bedroom. And be sure to test these smoke detectors regularly.
  4. Make sure that you relay proper fireplace safety instructions to your tenants.

For Tenants:

  1. Keep combustible materials away from the fireplace.
  2. NEVER use flammable liquids, such as gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, kerosene or alcohol to start a fire.
  3. Be sure the damper is open when a fire is going. This allows the smoke to escape up the chimney.
  4. Always use a metal screen or glass door to keep sparks and embers from finding their way onto the carpet.
  5. NEVER leave a fire unattended. Extinguish any fire before going to bed.
  6. Dispose of ashes properly. Ashes can smolder for up to 2-3 days.

Rental Property Maintenance Services from Auburn Rose Property Management

Auburn Rose’s Maintenance Plan is designed to keep your Maryland-based rental property well-maintained. We provide and oversee a highly-qualified, reasonably-priced maintenance crew, ensuring sure work is performed in a professional manner and that the results are up to your high standards.

We understand the care that needs to be invested into a rental property!

If you want to learn more about Property Management or if you have any questions, please contact Auburn Rose Property Management by calling (443) 928-2220 or visit our website today!

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