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Smoke Detectors Are the Law

Safety is one of our top concerns at Propman Property Management, and it is our goal to ensure that both our tenants and our landlords benefit from our diligence to safety measures.

One way we protect property and renters is by the installation of working smoke alarms.

In many states, including Virginia, working smoke alarms are required by laws that set habitability requirements. But even if it wasn’t mandated by law, we’d take the initiative to make sure each and every one of the properties we manage here in Northern Virginia has a working smoke detector.

According to facts provided by the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms can double your chances of surviving a fire and greatly reduce property damage. About 80% of all U.S. fire deaths occur in the home, most at night while residents are sleeping, and the best way to survive is through early fire detection and a rapid escape.

Ideally, smoke alarms should be installed on each level of the home, and for additional safety, they may be installed in every sleeping room. Battery operated, or hard wired, smoke alarms will sound when smoke is detected.

As per Virginia law, the owner of any rental unit is responsible for providing smoke alarms, but it is the job of the tenant to make sure they perform interim testing, repair, and maintain these units. That includes reporting to Propman if one is not working, and changing the battery when it is needed.

Tenants should also take care to prevent fire hazards, like accumulations of flammable materials near heating sources, and keeping a portable fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen area.

If you have questions about fire alarms or fire safety, please give Propman a call.

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