You don’t have to be a meteorologist to know just how hot it has been this summer. The temps have been in the triple digits all over the country. The quick relief to the heat wave is probably right in the middle of your apartment complex. Ah, yes, the swimming pool – the saving grace of summer.
Here are five tips to help keep your swimming area safe and fun as possible:
Play smart, play safe. Your pool probably has the all-too-familiar sign that reads “No lifeguard, enter at your own risk.” That doesn’t mean your pool is as safe as humanly possible. That also doesn’t mean you are off the hook if an accident were to happen.
The elementary rules still apply here. Don’t run, no rough-housing, no diving, etc. Post your house rules at the pool, send them out to your residents via email or through your monthly billing cycle.
Have someone from your staff do a simple walk through the pool area just to take a peek at the action in the water. You don’t have a lifeguard but you can always have a friend of the rule book. A simple reminder of what the rules are never hurt anyone.
Enjoy the water but stay dry. Encourage your residents to have fun around the pool. You want them to enjoy your amenities. There’s no denying that. But keep the alcohol away from your pool area.
Swimmers under the influence could harm themselves and those around them. You want your pool users to be working with a clear mind. Besides, having glass bottles near the pool and the bare feet that comes with the territory isn’t a great idea either.
Check your pool gates. There are times when young, curious residents see the glistening water and want to have a fun day on their own terms. They’ll do anything they can to get into the water without thinking about their own safety. Do yourself a favor ad see if locks lock and check your gate to see if it properly secures itself. This can be a quick fix if a repair is needed.
Do you know who on your staff is certified to perform CPR? If no one is, pay for your staff to take a training course. That simple investment could go a long way for the overall safety of your residents that you serve.
Host a community pool party. Admit it, there are days when you are sitting behind your desk and you can hear the fun that is happening at the pool. You wouldn’t mind joining your residents for some fun. So, go do it. Throw a party!
Investing in a summer’s end pool party is the perfect way to say thanks to your residents, show your connection to new potential renters or even come into play for retention. A quality community is just that – a community. Gather around the pool, cook some food on the BBQ and let your residents know that your complex was indeed the right place for them to move into.