4 Fire Safety Guidlines Every HOA Should Know!
What are the responsibilities of your HOA board with regard to ensuring community-wide fire safety? What are some of the fundamental steps your association can take to make sure fire readiness is a top concern? These are questions that every board should have answers to. As you start thinking about your own board’s attitude toward fire safety, consider the four guidelines offered here.
1. To begin with, how often do your buildings need to be inspected? This is obviously a big concern for condo associations, but even HOAs with public/common buildings need to think about this. There is no across-the-board answer here, as local governments vary in how often they require fire inspections, but you should make sure you’re getting inspections done annually, at the least. The good news is that local fire departments ought do this for free, so it will not cost your association a cent.
2. Condominium associations will also want to think about fire drills; holding an annual one is a great way to make sure everyone knows the proper procedures for fire safety.
3. You can also speak with your local fire marshal about some common fire hazards that your HOA might need to ban. For example, grills are generally not considered a good idea on balconies, which may be something for condo or apartment-dwellers to think about.
4. A final point: Your HOA can do a lot to prepare its residents for fire safety simply by educating them. Use your newsletter or social media pages to share some basic, common-sense tips and resources that pertain to fire safety. Also invite residents to share any questions they may have about fire safety.
The HOA board has a solemn responsibility to prepare its community to handle any serious fire threats that might arise; these Fire Safety Guidelines should help you get started!