Skip to Content

Get a FREE assessment of your rental property. Start here!

Get a FREE assessment of your rental property. Start here!

Less Tricks, More Treats: Tips for Staying Safe this Halloween

Fortuna Resident Holding a Stack of a Decorated Pumpkin and a Jack-o-LanternTo most Americans, the holiday of Halloween means candy. For many of them, especially the kids, the most popular Halloween activity would be trick-or-treating. And this is true for virtually the whole country, including in Fortuna. Your tenants have a couple of choices when celebrating the evening. They may plan to go trick-or-treating by going out or they may stay home and receive costumed guests for candies. Either way, they still need to go through some important steps to ensure the evening is a safe and enjoyable one for all. Now, as a property owner, regular tenant communication is crucial. So, you can use this holiday to continue interacting with them by giving them tidbits like trick-or-treating safety tips.

First, should your tenants choose to go out trick-or-treating, there are a few simple safety rules that they should stick to. Something you could do is suggest to your tenants to use reflective tape on costumes or carry flashlights to help improve visibility while walking down dark streets. It also won’t hurt to provide some advice about costumes. Avoid masks that obstruct your vision and skip the oversized shoes, robes, or skirts that could cause someone to trip and fall. Tell your tenants that, when they leave the house, they should secure all doors, douse any candles, and turn off all electronic decorations. This is because of the huge risk that candles and electric decorations pose— if left unattended. They are one of the leading causes of residential fires on Halloween.

The second thing we’re going to look at is how to properly prepare for visitors. This subject is also a part of Halloween that shouldn’t be neglected. As the owner of the property, you can start by performing regular landscaping maintenance or ensuring that your tenants have done so. Clearing away overgrowth, low-hanging branches, and other potential hazards are something you could do before the holiday.

Inform your tenants that they can help the kids stay safe by clearing leaves and debris from sidewalks, driveways, and walkways, as well as removing any tripping hazards like garden hoses. It’s also a nice idea to check the property’s exterior lights to see if they all work. If not, you may need to replace any burned-out bulbs. As you check the lights, look around for any dark areas around the property. These should ideally be illuminated with extra light sources, such as landscaping lights or even battery-powered tea lights in decorative bags. A clear and well-lit walkway is a safe walkway.

If your tenant plans to get with the spirit of the holiday by placing jack o’ lanterns around the house, you have to make sure they do it safely. Here are a couple of tips you could give to them. First, make sure doorways and walkways are free of candles and other hazards. Alternatively, there are some lighting sources that do not require an open flame. Those would be better. However, if your tenant insists on being traditional and goes with candles in their decorating, have them place it in a low-risk area. See to it that they are at a safe distance from where visitors might be walking or standing. You must also make sure that all exterior decorations your tenant hangs up are properly secured. Should a decorative item fall and injure a visitor, or perhaps an improperly placed candle burn someone or start a fire, this could result in a lawsuit against you as the property owner.

There are some additional things your tenant can do to prevent accidents and injuries on Halloween. If your tenant has pets and plans to give out candy on Halloween, they should be sure to keep their furry friends indoors and secured in a safe location. It’s the best option for the sake of your pet’s safety. This ensures that nobody gets hurt because a dog was stressed out by a bunch of strangers. Together with that, wouldn’t you absolutely hate it if you get sued because your tenant’s dog injured someone?

Your tenants should also be informed about what items are considered safe and appropriate for trick-or-treaters of all ages. The best option is store-bought, individually wrapped items. But you have to make sure that they are big enough to not pose as a choking hazard. In some areas, an alternative is to leave a bowl of treats outside. This is a good option if your tenant is not planning to hand out candies themselves. When you do this, you’re not only making it more fun for the children but you’re also helping your own rental property from becoming the target of Halloween pranks and vandalism.

While educating your tenants is an important part of rental property ownership— and it’s something you can’t ignore— it also takes up so much time. Since your real estate investing business has so many responsibilities that call for your attention, it might make sense to hire a Fortuna property manager. Real Property Management Humboldt is an expert in the industry, providing services that allow you to spend your time on more valuable aspects of rental property ownership. To know more about what we have to offer property owners like yourself, please contact us online or give us a ring at 707-444-3835.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.