Many homeowners utilize their association’s common areas during the summer.

Since more homeowners will be using the common areas, not communicating best practices increases the chance harm may come to some of your homeowners. Lack of proper communication may also increase the association’s liability.

Below are some helpful, general summer safety tips to share with your homeowners:

  • Stay hydrated! Experts recommend you drink at least 8 ounces of water as a preventative measure before going outside in the summer heat.
  • Always have sunscreen on. Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer in the United States, making skin protection an absolute must. If you’re concerned about the chemicals in sunscreen, consider using a mineral sunscreen.
  • Stay inside between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. These are the hours of the day when the sun is the most intense.
  • If you’re hosting a swim party, make sure children and other guests know how to swim. According to the CDC, the number one cause of unintentional death for children age 1 to 4 is accidental drownings.
  • If you will be grilling, ensure there is at least 6 feet between the grill and any buildings or trees, keep a large water bottle or a fire extinguisher by the grill, and keep grill lids closed as much as possible. These measures will keep a fire from starting and spreading.

 

The above safety tips can keep everyone healthy and safe while they’re having fun. However, the proliferation of COVID-19 in many places presents special considerations for boards and homeowners this summer.

Below are some safety tips on how to enjoy your summer activities while stopping the spread of COVID-19:

    • Maintain 6 feet of distance between you and all others who do not live in the same household.
    • Do a symptoms check before you leave your home.
    • Thoroughly disinfect any area you come into contact with.
    • Wash your hands regularly.

 

It’s always a good idea to remind your homeowners to take certain precautions during the summer months. We hope you enjoy your safe, fun, and stress-free summer! For more helpful articles on HOA management, be sure to check out our blog where we regularly post new content.