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.
- 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.
- Place a fire extinguisher near the fireplace. It is better to be safe than sorry.
- Place smoke detectors near the fireplace and by each bedroom. And be sure to test these smoke detectors regularly.
- Make sure that you relay proper fireplace safety instructions to your tenants.
- Keep combustible materials away from the fireplace.
- NEVER use flammable liquids, such as gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, kerosene or alcohol to start a fire.
- Be sure the damper is open when a fire is going. This allows the smoke to escape up the chimney.
- Always use a metal screen or glass door to keep sparks and embers from finding their way onto the carpet.
- NEVER leave a fire unattended. Extinguish any fire before going to bed.
- 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!