Life-Saving Tips for Staying Safe!

It’s important to follow safety guidelines to protect your home, your tenants, and your family from fire risks!

Have Accessible Fire Extinguishers

Make sure a fire extinguisher is accessible from all rooms in your home, especially in the kitchen—about half of residential fires are cooking related! It’s ideal to have a fire extinguisher on every floor of your property so fires can be tamed as soon as possible.

Install Working Smoke Detectors on Every Floor

Make sure your smoke detectors are properly installed and functional on all floors of your rental property with fully charged batteries. They should be placed outside of each sleeping area and inside every bedroom. Check to see if smoke alarms are working at least once a month.

Check Electrical Equipment

Look for frayed wires, surge marks in wires, and damaged cords. If you see any exposed wires, unplug the electronic and replace it immediately. Also, keep all cords away from furniture and rugs. Running cords under rugs is potentially hazardous.

Inspect Heating Devices

Clean wood stoves and chimneys, use a fireplace screen, and service your hot water heater or furnace regularly. And give your space heater some room to breathe by keeping it clear of walls, drapes, and bedding.

Map Out Escape Routes

Make sure you provide multiple ways to get outside of the property, and map out directions for tenants. If your rental property has multiple floors, it’s especially important to have quick escape ladders placed near the windows. They should be visible, accessible, and easy to use.

Use Your Knox Box

Used by over 13,000 fire departments nationwide, a Knox Box protects your property from forced entry damage during fire emergencies. It’s easy! Order a Knox Box and have it installed on the outside of your property with your home key inside. Only the fire department can access the Knox Box during a fire or medical emergency.

Prevention Is Key!

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors save lives! Install a working CO detector in a central location outside each sleeping area, on every level of the home and next to your heating devices.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Fire Extinguishers

Extinguishers are a useful tool for stopping a fire once they start. Make sure your fire extinguishers are working and keep them in reach.

Fire Extinguisher


And finally...

If you own a vacation rental property…keep your tenants informed.

Make sure your tenants know how to use and access all fire safety equipment, know their escape routes, and are aware of proper fire safety protocol.

Spread the Word

Incline Village Board of REALTORS®, Nevada REALTORS®, and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Encourage You To Practice Fire Safety.


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Incline Village Board of REALTORS®, Nevada REALTORS®, and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District