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Easy tips to keep your rental property child-safe

July 25th 2017


6  quick and easy tips to keep your rental property child-safe.

Part of the statutory requirement for landlords is to ensure their rental home is of a safe and healthy standard, and a suitable state of repair. With many families renting long term in Christchurch, it is important to keep your property well maintained, comfortable and safe for all tenants.

Safekids Aotearoa have some great tips for keeping children safe in your rental home. If you are a landlord, do these yourself or talk to your property manager about arranging to remediate where necessary. If you are a tenant, talk to your landlord about these if not already in place.

  1. Install smoke alarms within three metres of each bedroom door, or any room where someone may sleep, such as living areas
  2. Get your plumber to check the hot water at the tap is no more than 50C (the cylinder should be 60 C)
  3. Fit child safe locks to drawers or cupboards where chemicals, medicines or poisons may be stored
  4. Fit balustrades to decks where there is more than a 100 cm drop or more. Fit safety latches to windows where possible, however egress in case of fire also must be considered.
  5. Replace older style glazing with safety glass where children may trip and fall, i.e, shower panels, bath screens, glass door panels and low windows.
  6. Keep play areas fenced the driveway from so children can play safely.

If you want to know more about your obligations and how to keep your home safe and healthy for your tenants, contact Kim at Ruby Housing on +64 3 379-5033, or email to office@rubyhousing.co.nz