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Smoke-Free Communities Communities: Fetter Properties Implements Smoke Free Policy

The health and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority.

—Monte Fetter, President, of Fetter Properties Management, Inc.

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n June 1, 2013, Fetter Properties Management Inc. implemented a smoke-free policy that will promote the health and safety of its residents. The smoke-free policy covers all of their rental units. Monte Fetter, President, of Fetter Properties Management, Inc. says the company chose to put the smokefree policy into effect as a way to prevent second hand smoke exposure. “The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority. Smoke-free buildings are cleaner, healthier, safer and contribute to a better living environment,” he said. “We want our residents to enjoy their homes” Fetter Properties Management manages homes and apartments in Vanderburgh County, Evansville and Newburgh for many investors. “Our owners like the smoke-free policy, because it protects their investment, lowers the cleaning costs and often lowers insurance premiums. It was a good business decision for us,” said Fetter. Fetter is joining a nationwide trend of offering smokefree living. Property owners are starting to realize there are far too many risks associated with smoking in a multi-unit housing structure. Secondhand smoke can easily travel through shared air ducts or travel under doors, but possibly even more concerning is the increased fire risk. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoking is the number one cause of fire deaths in the United States. One in four people killed in fires caused by smoking were not the smoker. Of the fatal victims, 34% were children of the smoker and 25% were neighbors or friends of the smokers. Smoking in the presence of a home oxygen tank can be especially dangerous.

Smokefree Communities and the Healthy Communities Partnership (HCP) Tobacco Free Initiative encourage all multiunit housing complexes to adopt smoke-free, air lease language as part of the Tobacco Free Living campaign. Tobacco Free Living is an initiative to inform property management companies of the benefits of voluntarily making their properties smoke-free. “We are excited to see Fetter Properties take this positive step to improve the health of their residents,” said Martha Caine, Director of the Healthy Communities Partnership Tobacco Free Initiative. Caine hopes the Fetter Properties policy is the beginning of a trend in the Evansville area. “We expect to see more and more buildings go smoke-free as property managers become aware of the health and economic benefits of going smoke-free.” Caine shared that a number of resources are available for property managers at the Tobacco Free Living campaign website (www.smokefreecommunities.com), including lease language, timelines for implementation, compliance letters and policy reminders. Smokefree Communities is also currently compiling a list of smoke-free housing options, to be included in this housing guide. Contact Smokefree Communities at 812303-7378. —Casey Williams, Assistant Director for Healthy Communities Partnership

For more information on Fetter Properties Management, Inc. call 812-422-2431 or visit www.fprent.com. 8 | October 2013

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