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Road Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Drivers

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Halloween can be a fun night for kids of any age. To help ensure your evening is full of planned scares and frights, here are some road safety tips for you and your kids to consider.

Safety for Pedestrians
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween night can be a dangerous night for pedestrians.
• Make sure your child takes along a working flashlight or an abundant number of glow sticks to help ensure they’re visible to others.
• Don’t let your kids leave home without a fully charged cellphone so they can call for help in the event of an emergency. You may also want to remind your children to keep their heads up and put their phones and other devices down, especially when crossing the street.
• Tell your kids to walk only on sidewalks and, if there is not a sidewalk available, to walk against the flow of traffic and as far away from the road as possible.
• Be sure that any costume your child wears on Halloween night doesn’t impede their vision or pose a tripping hazard.
• Don’t send your kids under the age of 12 out trick-or-treating by themselves. If they resist because they don’t want to be seen with mom or dad, wear a costume. It’s Halloween. You can get away with it.
• Set a curfew for your older children, and decide on a predetermined route so you’ll know their approximate whereabouts.

Driving Safely
Helping ensure safety on Halloween isn’t entirely up to the kids doing the trick-or-treating. If you’re going to be out on the road on Halloween night, keep your eyes peeled and be alert for kids who may be excited about the holiday and out later than usual. Consider slowing your driving down, especially when making your way through suburban neighborhoods. Never assume that a child in a costume can see you. Make sure to also eliminate any distractions while driving so you can better focus on the road. Being cautious and following these road safety tips may help everyone enjoy the spooky festivities of this ghoulish night.

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Utah 1st is not just a property management company. Bryan Wilson, our company owner, is a real estate broker. Ben Walker, assistant property manager, is also a licensed real estate agent. When you’re ready to buy a home, both Ben and Bryan can help you find the right home for the right price in the right neighborhood.  As a result, Utah 1st is now a full serve agency, a very rare combination in Washington County!



Hidden Gem

Country Living Magazine recently ran an article on what they called an “up and coming” vacation town, our very own Hurricane, Utah.

According to the article, demand for Hurricane (vacation) rental properties rose 199% between 2015 and 2016. “But we totally get the under-the-radar appeal of this small town—which is pronounced “Her-ah-kun” by locals, by the way—located just 30 minutes west of Zion National Park in southeastern Utah.”

Vacation rentals range from $179 a night to $450 a night, depending on the rental size, particularly how many bedrooms. With its close proximity to Zion’s National Park, Hurricane is a perfect place for your next vacation!


Slow down and Read Carefully

Each month, we email a newsletter to both tenants and owners. The newsletter contains important information like policy changes and reminders.

Sometimes we get strange responses to the newsletter.  In every case, it’s a simple misunderstanding. The reader was not reading carefully and misunderstood, causing themselves heartburn that they don’t need to experience. When the newsletter arrives, slow down and read carefully before contacting us to complain. If we make an error, we will correct it but be sure the newsletter has been read carefully before jumping to conclusions.

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Each month, we hold a drawing for the people who have paid their rent by 5:00 pm on the 3rd of the month. This month, our winner is Ben Barlow. He receives a $20 gift certificate to the restaurant of his choice. Congratulations to Ben and thank you for being a great tenant!



A Great Place to Live!

Even with colder temperatures, there is much to do in Washington County during the winter months.
Go on line and check out these great activities:
The Washington City community center has an indoor pool, classes and entertainment year round. Call them for details.
The Washington County library system offers kids’ crafts and story times year round.
Washington County, Utah is a great place to live all year!


As 2016 comes to a close, we are very aware that our terrific tenants and owners have made the year a success for us.

We wish everyone a happy 2017 filled with health and happiness.

Merry Christmas!

Each month, tenants who pay their rent by 5:00 pm on the 3rd of the month are entered into a drawing for a gift card to a restaurant of their choosing.

For December, the winner asked that we give the gift card to someone who needs it. Isn’t that terrific? It’s a great example of the many wonderful people, both tenants and owners, that we get to serve every day.



Keep the Decorations Simple

Christmas is a great time of year to decorate. We suggest decorating in a way that others can enjoy without placing potentially destructive decorations on the outside of the property you occupy.

Use window displays and inside lighting to spread Christmas cheer. Remember to use easy-to-remove fasteners and hooks to set up displays. No need to do anything that might damage the property and cost you money when you move.
Merry Christmas!


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