The fourth of July is just around the corner, and many people have already begun making plans for fireworks and festivities. It’s a great time to get together with friends, grill out, splash in the pool, and watch fireworks while celebrating our country. However, it can be a busy time in HOA communities with people coming and going. Here are a few tips for staying safe while celebrating:
- Know the rules. Even on holidays, you – and your guests – are still expected to follow HOA rules. If that means no fireworks in your backyard, limitations on types of decorations, and only parking on one side of the street, then stick to it. Make your plans around what it permissible.
- Stay alert. With guests coming and going and children running around, pay close attention when driving. Go slowly, especially in areas where there are parked cars, it’s hard to see, or children are playing.
- Practice water safety. If your fourth of July celebrations include hanging out at the pool, be responsible. Keep a close eye on children, make sure anyone who doesn’t know how to swim is wearing proper floatation devices, and avoid swimming while intoxicated. Remind your group not to run around the pool and to follow all posted rules.
- Be fire smart. Grilling is tradition for many during summer holidays. Ensure your grill is working properly and positioned away from your home and any shrubbery. Pay attention for any sparks from charcoal and grease or drippings that may catch fire.
- Supervise fireworks. Not all types of fireworks are legal in all states or permitted by all communities. Check to see what you can have where you live. If you are setting off small fireworks or sparklers, pay attention to what you’re doing and keep others at a safe distance. Have a fire extinguisher or hose nearby. Make sure all sparklers or fireworks are fully extinguished and cooled before disposing of them.
- Protect pets. If your dog is easily spooked or scared of loud noises, keep them safely locked up in your home. This will help to prevent them from running off when festivities start.
- Be courteous. Keep visitors contained to your own property, and be respectful of how much noise you are making, especially as day turns into evening. Clean up after yourselves so that trash does not blow around the community or into others’ yards. Also, let guests know where they can park and avoid driveways, fire hydrants, and places where it may be difficult to see.
When everyone works together, the HOA community can have a safe and happy holiday that is enjoyable to all. To improve communication and compliance within your community, talk to your Kuester property manager about how they can help.