I previously blogged about July 4th and how it brings out the patriotism in people including your Tenants. In that blog we discussed the proper use of displaying a U.S. flag. ( see the article on my blog here)
In this new blog, we will discuss one of the dangers of July 4th – fireworks. While fireworks can look cool and create a buzz of excitement, believe it or not – not everyone loves fireworks. On July 4th, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires. Even more shocking is according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, July 4th is the third most-deadly holiday celebrated in the U.S. following Thanksgiving and Labor Day.
So what are landlords to do to protect its tenants and their property: For starters, there is the dissemination of the basic safety tips from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission: Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks – Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse and always back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. Never point or throw fireworks at another person. And most important keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap and after fireworks complete their burning, douse the firework with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
It is best to make tenants aware of the rules regarding fireworks and other explosive devices at the inception of renting, by having a clause in your lease that prohibits their usage in or around the property. A sample good lease clause is:
Explosive devices, smoke bombs, firecrackers, flares, sparklers, fireworks or any other noise, smoke, flame or spark-creating item or novelty is expressly prohibited in the Property or anywhere on the Property or common areas. Possession of and/or use of any of the foregoing by the Tenant, any occupants or guests of the Tenant whether or not the items are legal or illegal to purchase, possess or use under the laws of the State of Florida, may subject the Tenant to eviction from the premises and shall constitute a serious default under the terms of the Lease Agreement.
If your leases do not contain the above clause or a similar one, then add this to your rules and regulations and notify each new tenant of the revision. Upon lease renewal, add in language as part of the lease renewal.
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