The backyard fire pit has become quite the popular choice for outdoor entertainment. A lot of modifications of many homes has opted for patios and backyards to be altered and made into some sort of home extension where families and friends can use it for fun activities or just simple gatherings.
Being an owner of single-family rental homes in Bullhead City, you would naturally want your residents to be comfortable in your rental properties, and sometimes that would entail you give them a bit of freedom to decorate the house and yard and have them customize it as they saw fit. But of course, the change has to still be within reason. Some items though, like a freestanding fire pit or a backyard fire area are more dangerous than others and would most likely pose a great risk to both you and your residents.
As stated by the National Fire Prevention Association, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are known to be the leading cause of about 3,700 fires yearly. No thanks to the emerging trend of fire pits in recent years, the injuries that are related to their usage has tripled from 1,330 to 3,608 in just six years. A lot of cities and countries have already prescribed laws with regards to allowing a fire pit or outside fireplace.
Despite all the hullabaloos though, risks can be reduced greatly with proper observance of precautionary measures. If in case you have given your residents the go signal to put up a fire pit on your property, then it is best to implement strong rules on what needs to be observed. For example, fire prevention experts advise that a fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or neighbor’s yard, and placed on a non-flammable surface, such as bricks or concrete. Fire pits should never be positioned below a porch roof or low-hanging trees and must, on no occasion be used when windy or when air quality standards prohibit their use. The experts also advise never to leave a fire pit unattended and to watch children and pets carefully around open flames.
If you have a resident that has installed or used a fire pit without permission, you simply cannot trust that they have taken the necessary precautions or that they understand basic fire safety. Not knowing about a fire pit on your rental property won’t stop it from causing damage and injury, which is why the consistent monitoring of all areas of your rental home is an important part of quality property management.
At Real Property Management Northern Arizona, we understand what it takes to protect your real estate investment. Our comprehensive and professional property management services offer proper oversight of your rental homes and can give you total peace of mind. You won’t need to worry about your residents accidentally burning your Bullhead City rental house down when we’re on the job. For more information, please contact us online or call us at 928-757-7368 today!
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