Summer is in full swing and, believe it or not, the Fourth of July is just around the corner! Fourth of July events, such as a community barbeque, ice cream social, or block party, can bring neighbors together and reinforce that they live in a great HOA. This is a wonderful time to get together with neighbors to celebrate America’s independence!
If your board is planning a community event for this patriotic holiday, please keep the following in mind:
Play by the Rules
Review your CC&Rs and HOA rules to familiarize yourself with what you can and cannot do as members of the Association. Be sure to share these rules with the membership.
Most associations want to encourage displays of patriotism. Showing patriotism is a very personal matter to many Americans, and there are sure to be many veterans, active military members, and families of fallen soldiers within your community. This is one area where it is usually best to interpret the rules liberally and allow your residents to celebrate.
Remind Homeowners of Basic Safety Tips
Although a fun holiday, the Fourth of July can be dangerous, too! It’s important to remind homeowners of basic safety tips, such as:
- Fireworks: Whether hosted by the HOA or used individually by homeowners on or off-site, fireworks are an integral part of any Fourth of July celebration! Always read directions for use, and only use one at a time. Fireworks should never be handled by children and should never be aimed or thrown at another person. Monitor windy conditions and avoid using fireworks near homes, dry grass, animals, or flammable materials. Proper disposal of fireworks includes dousing them in water before discarding them in an appropriate waste receptacle.
- Water safety: Many will be headed to lakes, pools, and rivers to beat the summer heat. Remind neighbors to wear lifejackets, and to never swim alone if headed to a large outdoor body of water, as drowning can happen in a matter of seconds. Within the HOA, ensure that pool rules are clearly posted and enforced.
- Grilling safety: Homeowners should never leave a lit grill unattended. When grilling, a fire extinguisher should be kept readily available. Avoid decorating near any grilling area and keep the grill at least 10 feet away from any structure.
- Pet precautions: Many pets are afraid of loud noises. Remind homeowners to keep their pets safe by leaving them inside to prevent them from running off and encountering harm once the festivities begin.
As board members, it’s important to maintain and protect the HOA while enhancing the community. By reminding residents of these holiday safety tips, it lets them know you care, and by being mindful of these simple tips and guidelines, everyone can enjoy Fourth of July activities without incident.
We at Spectrum Association Management wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!