It’s easy to overlook safety when you’re enjoying summer activities like pool days, cookouts, picnic gatherings, camping trips, and other outings. But when you run an HOA community, safety is an important aspect that shouldn’t be forgotten.
To make summertime a fun experience for everyone in your community, ensure residents are aware of ways they can enjoy a safe and healthy summer:
Sun Safety Tips for HOAs
- Stay hydrated and take breaks from activity to sit in the shade.
- Before going outside, be sure to drink at least eight ounces of water.
- Put on sunscreen before going into the sun, and re-apply throughout the day. Use at least SPF 15.
- Avoid intense activity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun is out most and it’s the hottest.
- If taking medications, make sure it’s safe to be out in the sun for long periods of time. Check with your doctor before sending too much time in the heat.
Water Safety Tips for HOAs
- Avoid drinking alcohol while you’re boating or swimming.
- Keep track of weather conditions in the area and avoid going out in inclement weather.
- Always swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard or with a guardian if small children are involved.
- Make sure the HOA pool is safe and ready for daily swimming.
- Stay in groups of two or more when swimming outside. In large areas, children should be guided to always make sure they can see their swimming partner.
- Children who are swimming in large bodies of water should wear life jackets approved by the Coast Guard, and it should fit tightly enough so the child can’t slip through.
- For extra safety, caregivers and parents are encouraged to take a CPR safety course before engaging in summer water activities alone or with children.
Grilling Safety Tips
- Always have grills at least six feet from buildings or trees to avoid the risk of something catching fire.
- Make sure all residents know your HOA’s guidelines for outdoor grilling, and send newsletter reminders throughout the season to make sure rules are followed.
- Close grill lids to avoid flare-ups and cut off the oxygen source of the flame.
- Keep a large water bottle or fire extinguisher nearby in case you need to control any flames that might get out of control.
For more tips and help with summer safety regulation, consult with your HOA management company.