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Renters Stay Safe & Comfortable This Winter

Tips to help renters and homeowners have a safe and comfortable holiday season.

Safety First:

  • Check your smoke alarms by pressing the "test" button. If not working, replace batteries. Report non-functioning smoke alarms immediately to your property manager. Keep yourself and your family safe.

  • Be aware of carbon monoxide hazards. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced by fuel burning appliances like gas ovens, oil or gas furnaces, and fireplaces. Electric appliances do not produce carbon monoxide.

  • It gets dark earlier, be sure to remove outdoor debris or objects which could cause injuries.

  • If you have a fireplace, NEVER put warm or hot ashes in a trash can. If you must remove them from the fireplace before they are cold, place in a metal container away from the residence until cold, then dispose of properly.

  • If you have a fireplace, always open the flu prior to lighting the fire. If there is any problem with smoke in the house, extinguish the fire and notify your property manager as soon as possible. Don't forget to close the flu the next day to keep out the cold.

  • If you use a space heater, always keep it away from flammable furniture, draperies, or walls and always keep it uncovered. Avoid any space heaters other than electric heaters, due to the possibility of carbon monoxide exposure.

  • Never try to heat your home with your oven.

  • If you have a live tree during the holidays, be sure to keep it watered and dispose of it as soon as the holidays are over. Live trees with lights are serious fire hazards.

  • Check holiday lights and pre-lit trees carefully for fraying wires, missing bulbs, and other safety hazards. Dispose of any possible hazardous lights.

  • Do not leave indoor or outdoor holiday lights on when you leave the residence.

  • If you put up holiday lights, please remove them when the holiday is over.

  • Keep furniture and drapes from covering air vents. Free air flow will help keep your rental warm.

  • If you have access, consider replacing HVAC filter panels to allow free air flow.

Prevent Damage

  • Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor spigots to prepare for possible freezing.

  • Report any leaking or standing water to your Property Manager.

  • Turn on outdoor lights when appropriate. To save on energy bills, turn off during the day.

Protect Your Belongings

  • If you don't have a renters insurance policy, please consider getting one. Renters insurance covers your belongings in the case of fire, flood, or theft. Most insurance agencies carry basic renter's insurance policies at affordable prices.

Silverline Is Here To Help

  • If you have any maintenance issues, please contact us – we're here to help.

  • Call 443-741-1698 or email

  • You can also submit maintenance requests on your online tenant portal.

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