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Don't Let Halloween Scare Your Tenants Away!

When Pipes Burst – Don’t Let Halloween Scare Your Tenants Away!

Welcome to the first installment of “When pipes burst” – a weekly blog regarding commercial property disaster restoration, written by me, Max Lee, the commercial Account Executive for Paul Davis Restoration of the D.C. Metro. Each week we will explore relevant topics and issues confronting commercial property managers, maintenance personnel, and restoration professionals. Although I am in the business of making things dry, this is going to be funny ( I hope) so let’s dive right in.

Are we on the verge of the apocalypse? A reality TV star and former first lady are running for President. The Cubs and the Indians are in the World Series. (Is it PC to use the word Indians?) Damn, I did it again. The Minnesota Vikings are 5-1 without their star running back and quarterback, and the Cleveland Browns are like on their 5th quarterback already this season. Plus, there were two full moons back to back last weekend. Things are getting wild, yawl, things are getting wild. There have been clown sightings across the country, scaring young children and keeping community and police on edge. Bozo is probably rolling over in his grave right now. It’s a serious issue; even McDonalds has sent Ronald away on a hiatus until things die down and Burger Kings’ “loving it”. The Walking Dead started back up last Sunday, and if you didn’t see it, don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil it for you. But let’s just say the premiere broke Twitter. OK, OK, I know you are sitting there reading thinking “What does this have to do with commercial property disaster restoration?” The answer is “everything.”

Expect the unexpected. No one could have predicted the events above except the moon. It’s actually called a Harvest Moon. Google it. The point is that the unexpected is going to happen. That is why you have health insurance, dental insurance, car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, etc. However, some general planning and preparation could help you in the event the unexpected happens.

So with that being said, let me help you prepare for this coming Halloween with some safety tips for your Ghouls and Goblins while trick-or-treating.

  • Make sure older kids go out with friends. Younger children should be accompanied by
    an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer your kids a ride in the car.
  • Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat. Together, map out a safe route so you
    know where they’ll be. Remind them not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or
    playing fields.
  • Remind kids not to enter a stranger’s house or car.
  • Try to get kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light out. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying flashlights that work.

See this link for more tips: //www.ncpc.org/resources/files/pdf/halloween/playing-it-safe-on-halloween-pointers-for-parents.pdf

Safety tip for Property Managers

  • Make sure walkways and sidewalks are clear and free of leaves and debris.
  • Double check to make sure your property is well lit and all lights are in working order.
  • Help reduce the risk of vandalism and theft by limiting access to unauthorized areas. Lock gates and doors to these areas.
  • Make sure your fire safety policy is being followed. Encourage residents to use battery operated candles in their jack-o-lanterns instead of an open flame.
  • Walk your property the morning after with your Maintenance Supervisor and address any problems that may have occurred last night.
  • If you see something, say something. Halloween allows the anonymity for bad behavior.
  • Consider having your residents keep pets confined. The constant excitement of young children ringing the doorbell is simply too much for many pets, the ASPCA warns, and scared dogs or cats can dart out the front door.
  • Lastly, make sure you have plenty of treats to avoid the tricks or turn your lights off and hope they pass your house.

Well, I hope you find these tips helpful in promoting a safe and happy Halloween in your community. If you happen to be in my neighborhood, make sure you swing by my house. I will be grilling hotdogs and passing out full-size candy bars for the kids and adult beverages for the adults. I have been doing this for a few years now and guess what? I’m pretty popular with the neighbors, and my house has never been rolled or egged. Just a thought!

Happy Halloween, ghosts and ghouls!

Check in next week to see what topic I will cover next until then – “When Pipes Burst Call Max First”

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