Last year we saw huge devastation in California due to wild fires and with the summer months around the corner, now is a great time for every owner in Salinas and across California to ensure their rental properties are fire safe.
If you’ve put fire safety on the “back burner” in the past, this article will provide you with several tips you can use to ensure that your rental properties are safe once fire season arrives again.
Tip #1 – Inspect Your Fire Extinguishers
The first thing that you should do to make sure that your rental properties are fire safe is to check your fire extinguishers.
When inspecting your fire extinguishers, you should be checking to make sure that they are still in good shape and don’t show any visible sign of rust or decay.
Most fire safety professionals recommend that a fire extinguisher should not be older than 5-15 years so if you don’t know how old yours is you shouldn’t hesitate to purchase a new fire extinguisher for your tenants.
Tip #2 – Check Indoor Sprinkler Systems
If your Salinas rental property has an indoor sprinkler system, you must contact the fire department to come out to your rental to test the system. They will need to locate the test valve, make sure that it’s in line with the pipe, and allow water to flow for about 60 seconds or until the alarm sounds.
Tip #3 – Check and Maintain Your Smoke Detectors
After checking the fire extinguishers and sprinkler system at your rental property in Salinas you should next check and maintain your smoke detectors.
Your smoke detector should have a test button on it that you can press to confirm that it’s working properly, it’s also advisable that you change the battery as well if it’s not been changed within 3 to 6 months.
Besides the tips in this article, you should also educate your tenants on the importance of fire safety by making sure they have an exit plan if a fire does occur.
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