Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. It’s a time of cherishing friends and family and taking a moment to express our gratitude for what we have and those we get to share it with. Although 2020 has been rather challenging in many ways, there are always things to be thankful for. So as we prepare to celebrate this week, let’s take a moment to go over a few Thanksgiving tips for tenants to help ensure this holiday season goes off without a hitch- even if we are all celebrating from a distance!
Candles Are Aglow
Nothing adds a seasonal glow like apple cider or pumpkin spice candles. But while burning candles certainly aid the holiday atmosphere, they also pose a fire hazard. Be sure to use them wisely and never leave an open flame unattended. The same goes for fireplaces, candle warmers, ovens, etc. Be smart and be safe! And just in case, make sure to keep a fire extinguisher handy!
Mind the Electrical Outlets
With so many different dishes cooking, it’s relatively easy to forget about your electrical circuits. After all, the potatoes won’t mash themselves! Err on the side of caution and be mindful of what appliances you have plugged in and when in order to prevent an overload on your electrical outlets.
T-Day Turkey Preparations
While deep frying a turkey is certainly popular and delicious, it also poses a serious risk. Not only can it damage your property, but there’s also a huge risk of injury to your tenants. Many multi-family communities also don’t allow it, so make sure to discuss Turkey Day rules with your residents.
Don’t Sideline the Alarms!
Between candles burning, ovens cooking, and fireplaces chugging, it’s increasingly important to test all the smoke and CO alarms throughout your home. The number of accidental fires and CO poisoning is exponentially increased during this time of year as heaters flare and Thanksgiving cooking is feverishly underway. Take a moment to safeguard yourself, your family, and your friends by checking your alarms are installed and working properly.
Accidental fires can start in a flash. Literally. Take all of the extra precautions to prevent them, but in the event a fire does occur and can’t be easily put out, just get out. Your safety is far more important. Close the door behind you, get everyone out, and call 911 immediately.
Thanksgiving truly is a wonderful time of year, even if many of us are celebrating virtually with take-out instead of elaborate turkey dinners. So regardless of your plans for this holiday season, take a moment to make sure you’re celebrating safely with these helpful tips.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We’re thankful for each and every one of you!