October is National Fire Prevention Month * Landlords CHANGE Your Smoke Alarm Batteries!

Reblogger Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

In Virginia, landlords must have a certification notice that the smoke alarm batteries are changed once a year.  I have them changed 2X annually when my HVAC service work is done!

Original content by Bob English

National Fire Prevention MonthOctober is National Fire Prevention Month, and with that in mind here are some resources to help you with fire prevention and safety in your Lancaster county home.

One of the best things about the Internet is that so many information resources that used to be difficult to obtain or just flat out unattainable are now at our fingertips.  The fire safety checklist below is compiled from some of these resources, and I’ve included some links to those resources as well for your convenience.

  • When you’re cooking, always stay in the kitchen.
  • Keep dishtowels, paper or plastic bags, curtains and anything that can burn at least three feet away from the range top.
  • Keep grills at least 10 feet away from all other objects, including the house.
  • Store lighters and matches in a locked cabinet to make them unattainable to children.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from things that can burn, such as curtains or stacks of newspaper.  Always turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Have chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves and central furnaces inspected once a year and cleaned when necessary.
  • Make a fire escape plan for your family with two exits out of every room.  Pick a meeting place outside.  Hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.  There are two kinds of smoke alarm sensors – photoelectric and ionization.  Try to buy some of each kind or get “combination” smoke alarms with both kinds of sensors.
  • Put smoke alarms inside or near every bedroom.  Test monthly to make sure they work. Replace batteries once a year.


For additional safety information and links, visit my blog:  Lancaster County PA Real Estate.

For more tips and hands-on help, give me a call at (717) 413-2749.


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JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000
Village Properties of Mineola, LLC - Mineola, NY

Great blog. Good to know. Thanks and will pass the word on good luck

Oct 27, 2011 12:40 AM #1
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Great reminder and tips.  I am going to share with my clients.

Oct 27, 2011 12:40 AM #2
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Wallace,

A great practice with the twice annual battery check!

Oct 27, 2011 12:44 AM #3
Christopher Pataki
RE/MAX Associates - Hockessin, DE
Hockessin Delaware Real Estate

Hope they read and follow the advise.......................chris

Oct 27, 2011 12:58 AM #4
Debbie Holmes
John L. Scott - Boise, ID
Gets the job done!

Thanks for the reminder!

Oct 27, 2011 01:44 AM #5
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Wallace - I know you are property management but does the seller need to get a smoke/carbon certificate from the fire department when they sell?  We do in Mass.

Oct 27, 2011 03:25 AM #6
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Wallace - one of the older apartment buildings burned recently in Frankllin and the people living in the building said the alarms never went off. Nobody died thank god.

Oct 27, 2011 02:42 PM #7
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