As most of us think about holiday festivities, our memories usually include lighting sparklers and setting off multicolored fireworks. Fireworks can be a big part of the holiday fun, but for owners of rental homes in Lake Stevens, they can also be a dangerous risk. Even when taking preventative measures, fireworks can backfire. And when fireworks go wrong, you run the risk of personal injury and property destruction.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, fireworks caused 11,000 injuries and 4 deaths in 2016. In addition to personal injury, the NFPA reports that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year. 1,300 of those are structural fires and 300 are vehicle fires. If you’ve never faced a firework inadvertently shooting beneath a parked vehicle or sparks flying into the dry lawn of your neighbor’s yard and felt that moment of fear, then you’re fortunate. All told the NFPA estimate that fireworks cause $43 million in property damage each year.
As a Lake Stevens landlord, your concerns about tenants lighting firework in or around your rental property are warranted. While we realize why they might want to use fireworks in celebration, you should discuss the reasons you may ban fireworks altogether.
One way to request that they skip the sparklers this year is to simply offer them information on firework safety and the risks involved. If that doesn’t do the trick or you simply don’t want to come across as the bad guy, we suggest employing a property management company who can drop the hammer for you. Here at Real Property Management North Puget Sound, we understand the risks and liability of fireworks and other safety issues. We can supervise any inquiries or concerns your tenants may have about proper firework usage and handle any related difficulties that may occur.
When it comes to the well-being and welfare of your real estate investment and your occupants, you need the kind of care and skillfulness that our team can put forward. Please contact us online or call us directly 425-903-8500 for more information.