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Fire Prevention for Unoccupied Vacation Rental Properties

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When properties are left vacant (completely empty) or unoccupied (all possessions are within the property and the property is still available to rent), especially for long periods, the risk of fire-related incidents increases. To protect your vacation rental business, implementing a comprehensive fire prevention strategy is crucial. Follow these essential fire prevention measures to minimize the risk of destructive fires.

8 Fire Prevention Tips for Vacant Vacation Rental Properties

1. Maintain fire-detection equipment. Smoke alarms should be installed in each hallway, stairwell and bedroom. Batteries should be replaced every six months and tested at least once a month. You may also want to consider heat detectors.

2. Conduct heat inspections. Inspect your heating system regularly to ensure all components are working properly and to prevent it from becoming a fire hazard. Don’t forget to provide adequate heat to the vacant property to prevent freezing of fire-protection equipment, such as water supply tanks.

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3. Maintain landscaping. Keep the property’s exterior well-maintained. This includes cutting grass to a height of 3” or less, clearing brush and weeds, and promptly removing any waste materials that can fuel fires.

4. Remove combustible materials. Take precautions such as turning off electrical equipment and securing utilities that won’t be in use. Additionally, remove flammable chemicals and other combustible materials from the property when possible.

5. Contact law enforcement. Notify local police and fire departments if your vacation rental property is vacant. Doing so can allow law enforcement to monitor the property regularly and help deter arson and other crimes.

6. Increase security measures. To deter potential vandals or intruders and prevent arson, make the property appear occupied. Add extra locks, lighting, alarms and fencing where necessary. Outdoor cameras can also help detect squatters and burglars. Ensure that frequent inspections of the building, as well as the perimeter of the property, are performed to check for easy trespasser access. Regular checks for signs of break-ins are also essential.

7. Check for pests and rodents. Vacant properties are dream homes for pests and rodents. As these creatures search for food, they can encounter electrical wires and chew through them, putting the property at risk for an electrical fire.

8. Keep an eye out for sunrays. While sunrays are hard to detect unless someone is around the property, they are, perhaps surprisingly, a culprit for fires. Extreme sunrays coming through windows and glass can burn anything in sight. Ensure there’s no glass or mirrors near flammable objects.

Safeguard Your Property With CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance

Fire prevention remains a shared responsibility that calls for proactive planning and ongoing vigilance to protect properties from potential ruin. To learn more about vacant property coverage and risk mitigation for rental properties, connect with a team member at CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance. Request a free quote today to get started.

This blog may contain scenarios that are provided as examples only. Coverage is subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy issued. The information provided is general in nature and may be affected by changes in law or the interpretation of such laws. The reader is advised to contact a professional prior to taking any action based upon this information.

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CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance, a division of CBIZ Insurance Services,Inc., is the largest insurer of short-term vacation rental properties in the United States. As part of an $850 million New York Stock Exchange traded company (CBZ), we are the first broker to develop specific policy coverage to meet the needs for vacation rental properties and the amenities offered by these businesses. We have insured vacation rental properties since 2002.

The CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance team knows insurance, specifically the risks and exposures related to short-term vacation rentals.We won't confuse you with technical "insurance speak" ~ our representatives are well versed in explaining your coverage in plain English. With hands-on, personal customer service, we guarantee swift communication and a 24/7 claims team that is ready to respond to your call any time of the day. As specialist in the industry, we leverage our knowledge and passion to ensure you and your business are adequately protected.