Space heaters have a well-earned notoriety for inciting deadly accidents, that’s why they should really not be endorsed in a rental home. We’ve all heard the stories: a family goes to bed on a cold winter night, their space heater making the frigid air trapped – and they never come alive. It’s either the electric heater has malfunctioned and filled the home with toxic fumes or it has started an electrical fire from which there is little chance to flee. Heartbreaks like these are all too widespread, and the last thing any Chatsworth property landowner wants is to learn that such a misadventure has ensued to their own residents.
Traditionally, electric heaters are acknowledged free from danger for residential use than fuel-based models. But even electric heaters must be used under stringent control and commensurate to the endorsed safety methods. Children and pets are exceptionally in danger to detriment instigated by space heaters, which sets any resident with a family or pet at hazard. Moreover, there’s no affirmation that your residents will learn or obey the approved safety practices or use the space heater appropriately, which may bring about tragic outcomes.
Banning space heaters is not just a logical preventive measure but also a pivotal part of safeguarding yourself and your real estate investment. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has approximated that more than 25,000 residential fires are caused by space heaters each year. These fires give rise to greater than 300 deaths and 6,000 emergency room visits annually. While some of these damages are burns from striking a space heater unit, others are much more severe.
As the rental property owner, you bring a high consequence of liability if you tolerate your residents to wield those space heaters. Although your landlord’s insurance provides for the harm to the rental household itself if a space heater has triggered any loss of life or serious injury, which may end up in more legal action against you. Lawsuits alleging negligence or more atrociously might imperil not just your source of living, but also your estate and, in some incidents, your free will.
Regular property evaluations are key to protecting your property from the jeopardies inferred by space heaters. At Real Property Management West San Fernando Valley, regular evaluations are an integral piece of our property management program. We accept that the well-being of your residents is an unconditional priority, as is guarding you and your investment from the risks of noncompliance. Contact us online or call us at 818-727-0100 to find out more about what we can do for you.