Now that summer has arrived, the swimming pool at your community is open so that residents can enjoy the sunshine while they take a dip with friends and family. Although your residents are probably focused on all the fun that they’re going to have in and around the pool, your responsibility as part of an HOA is to ensure that everyone who enjoys community amenities can do so safely. Establishing rules might not be the most exciting summer activity, but it’s necessary if you want to facilitate safe recreation in your community:
- Establish rules: Work with board members to come up with reasonable rules for your pool. These rules might include things like hours of operation, age limits for unsupervised swimming and prohibited activities like diving or eating in the pool. Once you have determined the rules for your pool, you can create signs and distribute information to residents about the official guidelines for this amenity. If you’re not sure where to start with rules for your swimming pool, it’s a good idea to consult a company that specializes in HOA management for advice.
- Secure your pool: Even if you establish a curfew for your pool, some residents might try to bend the rules and access the pool area outside of normal hours. You can prevent this by establishing a secure fence around the perimeter of the pool. This also provides added safety for pets and small children who may be at risk of falling into an unfenced pool.
- Post signage: Rules won’t do much good unless your residents are aware of them. Put up signs around your pool that clearly state applicable rules for your pool area. Make sure you post any rules that are required by your state or local authority, including information about refraining from entering the pool if you have an infectious disease.
- Consider hiring a lifeguard: If you have a larger community and tend to have a lot of people using your pool, it’s a good idea to hire a lifeguard as an extra safety precaution.
- Hold swimming lessons at your pool: In communities with a large family population, holding swimming lessons for kids is a wonderful way to increase pool safety while providing fun recreational activities for children over the summer. Host lessons a few times a week to give kids the chance to gain some skills in the water. Children who are taught to be strong swimmers are much safer in swimming pools and far less likely to become injured.
Finding the right balance between fun and safety can be a challenge for HOAs. When you enlist the help of Tru-Star Management Solutions, LLC, you can ensure that your residents are able to make the most of community amenities while staying safe. We offer comprehensive HOA management in Chandler, AZ that is designed to support your community’s board of directors and help you maintain a safe, enjoyable, beautiful, and welcoming community to your residents and guests. We offer services that can promote professionalism, consistency, and stability within your community, so you can focus on providing the best service possible for your residents.