It’s that time of year for holiday planning and preparations! Creekbend Property Management knows that tenants who diligently follow the rules may accidentally or unintentionally let things get out of hand during the holidays. Whether you are hosting a party or preparing a feast at home it’s wise to be aware of potential hazards or problems that could occur.
To help you plan for a safer and happier Thanksgiving, Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston rental property company, has provided these 5 tips:
- Open flames inside
Thanksgiving and other holiday decorations often include candles, scented wax warmers and other open-flame decorations. It doesn’t take much to jostle a table, tip over a candle and cause a fire.
Open flames and children or pets is generally a recipe for disaster and can quickly cause your Thanksgiving preparations to go up in flames. Remember where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them.
- Deep frying turkeys
A fast-growing trend in preparing turkey for Thanksgiving is to deep fry it in the backyard in a large vat of hot oil. The potential for injury and property damage is huge with deep frying turkeys. Again, make sure children and pets are being monitored and have a fire extinguisher handy.
- Overloading electronics
Thanksgiving dinner preparation in a small space like an apartment can mean lots of extra appliances, like electric frying pans, slow cookers, griddles and more. Add in anything that overnight guests bring in, such as hair dryers, curling irons, and other electronic devices and the outlets may get overloaded. Besides, a lot of people put up holiday lights inside and outside during Thanksgiving to get a jump on decorating for Christmas. Tenants should limit the number of appliances and electronic devices in use simultaneously Use power strips to reduce the risk of electrical-related problems and even an electrical fire.
- Guest Parking
If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving gathering, there will likely be a need for extra parking. Make sure your guest knows where the available guest parking spots are and to park their cars properly. When cars are squeezed into spaces that are set aside for other residents, double parked or even parked in places that aren’t even meant for parking could be recipe for potential fender-benders and irritated neighbors.
- Tenants are responsible for their guests
Thanksgiving often means out-of-town guests arriving for dinner or even staying overnight for a few days. Tenants need to know that they are responsible for the actions and behavior of their guests. Whether it’s violating the noise regulations as outlined in the rental lease agreement to swimming in the pool after hours to illegal activity, if the guests of the tenant are not following the lease agreement, the tenant can be penalized for it.
Creekbend Property Management wishes you an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving!
Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palms, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!