Warm Weather Considerations for Managers Summertime Safety

 Ah, summertime. It’s a great time for property managers to kick back and relax -- except for that  out-of-control grill fire on the deck of unit 31 that nearly spread to adjacent  units; that ornery 13-year-old who broke his finger during horseplay in the  community swimming pool, and the swarms of bloodthirsty mosquitoes congregating  around the drainage ditches along the perimeter of the property.  

 Actually, maybe summertime isn’t the best time for condo managers to let down their guard. With the increased  outdoor activity encouraged by the warm weather is the increased potential for  injuries on an HOA’s property, as well as the need for additional safety measures. To get though  the summer without serious mishap, experts recommend a thorough, multifaceted  approach to safety at every HOA, regardless of size or number of amenities.  

 Swimming Pools

 While a swimming pool is without question an extremely valuable and sought-after  amenity for just about any HOA, the pool itself and the surrounding area can be  the site of injuries -- or even tragedy -- if strict safety protocols are not  enforced.  

 Swimming pools are covered under the New Jersey State Bathing Code, which exists  to promote safe swimming for everyone and for children in particular. The code  covers a great deal of ground, but some of the more noteworthy items include  rules requiring fencing around pool areas to control access and lessen the  chance of an unattended children falling in, rules requiring ladders and proper  filtration systems. Managers must also be aware of new compliance regulations  as a result of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act, which now requires that all pools and spas to be equipped with  proper drain covers and subsequent devices and systems designed to prevent  entrapment by pool or spa drains.  

 Lifeguards are an HOA's first and best line of defense when it comes to avoiding  pool-related accidents. With certain exceptions, most HOAs are required to have  a trained lifeguard in the pool area during its hours of operation.  

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