Summer is a favorite time of year for many people because it means warmer weather, more daylight hours, family vacations, and outdoor get-togethers. With an increase in activity, the HOA should take steps to enhance safety throughout the community to create a more enjoyable experience for all. Kuester Management Group has released a statement to the press regarding ways the HOA can be more proactive and support safe practices.
“The pool is a major attraction for homeowners during the summer, and many communities do not have lifeguards on duty,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “The HOA should ensure homeowners are aware of this and encourage them to supervise children closely, invest in swim lessons, and learn CPR. Also, send out reminders about pool rules such as no running or glass on the pool deck.”
Before opening the pool for the season, the HOA should schedule a thorough inspection and servicing of equipment and facilities. Make sure that the pumps, filters, and lights are in proper working order, and any damage in or around the pool or clubhouse is repaired. Encourage homeowners to report any concerns they may have.
As more people filter in and out of the clubhouse or other amenities, make sure that HVAC systems have been serviced as well. This can help with energy efficiency and reduce risk of equipment breaking down during peak summer hours when temperatures are the hottest and members are looking for a place to relax and cool off. Remind homeowners to have their own AC systems checked as well to keep their homes cool and comfortable.
“Another area to pay attention to is community playgrounds,” says Kuester. “Give them a good power washing to clean off dirt and debris that may have collected over the winter and inspect equipment for damage, missing or loose hardware, and even insect infestations such as fire anthills or wasps’ nests. Make sure that playgrounds are safe for children to enjoy.”
Kuester also reminds homeowners to be smart about safety when it comes to vacations. Posting about travel plans on social media or allowing mail to collect or grass to become overgrown can advertise that no one is home. Make arrangements for someone to stop by and tend to the home as necessary and check in to ensure that there is no suspicious activity. Asking a neighbor to be on the lookout as well can be beneficial.
“Promoting increased awareness throughout the community in general can be a good step to take,” says Kuester. “Remind drivers to slow down and pay attention to children riding bikes or crossing the street. Turn on porch lights at night to enhance safety, and if you see something suspicious, report it. Everyone plays an important role in improving community safety.”
Kuester Management Group supports HOAs in maintaining regular communication with homeowners, scheduling maintenance services, responding to emergencies, and addressing other day-to-day needs. For more information, contact Kuester at www.kuester.com.
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