Part of being a landlord is maintaining your property and keeping it in good shape. Neglecting any needed maintenance and putting off repairs that are begging for attention can be more expensive in the long run. But you should also take care of home safety tips for rental propertyyour property to make sure your tenants are living in a safe environment.

If you haven’t already, you need to take a new walk through and look for any potential hazards that can be easily avoided. Tenants and their guests can injure themselves on your property and whether or not an incident is your fault, you might end up on the receiving end of a lawsuit, so take some time perform a safety check.

One of the most common places where accidents occur is in the bath and shower. With the combination of tile and water, slip and falls are more likely to occur. Place non-skid pads on the shower and tub floors and make sure you have grab bars along the shower wall.

The kitchen is the next place where accidents are not only common but the source of most fires. All newer homes have a GFC interrupter, or Ground Fault Circuit. This is an electric outlet that performs just like a mini breaker switch when the outlet is exposed to water or other fluids. If you haven’t installed one in your kitchen near the sink and food preparation area, replace the old outlets with a GFC outlet.

If there are any throw rugs in the house, make sure they’re secured to the floor with rug tape or other safety strip. If the rugs belong to your tenants, ask them to secure them at their own expense. It’s also a good idea to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen as well and one in the garage. Your tenants may not think it necessary to go and buy a fire extinguisher but not only should you do it for them but make sure it’s secured in an open, easily accessed location.

While you’re making the rounds, check the temperature setting on the hot water heater and keep it no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot water heaters will run out of hot water with excessive use and sometimes a tenant will turn up the hot water heater settings when all that is needed is just a little patience to wait for a new batch of hot water.

Make sure you perform a regular safety check once per year and at the end of each lease. You should also invite your insurance agent to tag along with you; sometimes your safety improvements can add up to big savings on your insurance bill.