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Thanksgiving Safety Guide for Tenants from Denver Real Estate Experts


November 15, 2017

As a landlord, you want to help your tenants have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Why? Your investment depends on it. With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to send the people living in your property key reminders for best practices to avoid issues. Through sending out an email or posting flyers in your Denver real estate common areas, you can inform tenants how to avoid a fire and keep pets safe, as well as a food and cooking guide to avoid mishaps.

Avoiding Fires

Fires are one of the most common mistakes that occur while cooking a Thanksgiving dinner. Those cooking often leave ovens and stove tops empty to handle another task, which in just a matter of seconds, can become a dangerous situation. Also, utensils, towels, or loose clothing may be left too close to a flame, causing it to get bumped into the fire. These incidents can happen within a moment’s notice and those cooking or helping to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner must be aware of their surroundings. For those who prefer deep fried turkey, tenants must remain attentive and avoid this method in areas that can easily catch on fire. To help combat the spread, make sure there are fire extinguishers with instructions in all of your units. 

Pet Safety

Thanksgiving is an important time to pay attention to the pets in a property. With several moving pieces going on during the day, it can be easy to forget about them. Plus, with several guests in a house, pets may interact with pets in a way the tenants never would. When sending out a reminder, you should tell tenants to avoid giving their pets anything that would be on the dinner table. Unless it is food they normally eat, it is best to play it safe. A common scrap from the Thanksgiving day table, bones can get lodged or cause damage to a digestive tract, or can cause a dog or cat to fall ill. Not only will this create a mess that may be difficult to clean, but it can become costly for the pet owner.

Food and Cooking Guide

Cooking food properly is essential to a safe Thanksgiving. Whether a person is cooking the turkey or a side, food must be cooked to temperature. If not, those who consume it may become sick. Remind tenants to cook foods based on specified guidelines. Failure to do so can cause foods to be in the “danger zone,” which is 40 to 140 degrees. Once food falls in this category, it does not kill bacteria. In your reminder to tenants, tell them to keep a thermometer handy to ensure food is cooked to the correct temperature.

During the holidays and many other events throughout the year, you may have to deal with issues or have tough conversations with tenants. DenCO Property Management and Sales excels with working with tenants. This helps ensure the quality of your investment stays intact. Review our three ways to make sure your residential investment is profitable, and contact us at 303-722-9688 to see how we can help you with your property this holiday season.