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Tenants - advice on bonfire night

Lettings | 04/11/16   Laura Marszalek

Some advice courtesy of the DPS blog on how tenants can keep themselves and their property safe over bonfire weekend

As we turn into November, we are already seeing some fantastic fireworks displays in preparation for Bonfire Night this weekend. Unfortunately, whilst the fireworks can be spectacular, there are also risks involved not only to people, but also to property.

If you’re a tenant in rented accommodation, be mindful of your deposit and the obligations put upon you within your lease. 

According to NHS choices…

  • -        Fireworks can travel at speeds up to 150mph
  • -        Three sparklers burn together at the same heat as that of a blowtorch
  • -        The majority of firework related injuries happen at family or private parties

We want to ensure that our tenants and their properties remain safe.

So the Deposit Protection Scheme has some top tips for tenants:

  1. Make sure you only buy fireworks from a reputable retailer
  2. If you’re having a bonfire, make sure it’s at lease 18m (60ft) away from buildings, trees, hedges, fences or sheds
  3. To avoid your fireworks ‘firing’ in the wrong direction, put them in a bucket of soft earth and in a suitable location
  4. Keep a close eye on the weather. Any sudden changes in wind direction could change the direction of aerial fireworks
  5. Don’t even light fireworks in or near your property
  6. Never through any used fireworks on a bonfire
  7. Never used flammable liquids like paraffin or petrol to get a bonfire going. This can cause an uncontrollable spread of fire or even an explosion.

There are various professional fireworks displays planned across Essex, so if you are unsure, it’s best to leave it to the professionals!

Have a great weekend! 

Last modified on 04/11/16