When safety or security lapses occur in a community association setting, the assigning of blame will often cast managers and board members in a bad light, and can also result in major lawsuits.
But many common lapses can be easily prevented, experts say, with a little knowledge and attention to detail. Below is a list of ten common mistakes that may soon occur on your properties, as well as ways to prevent them.
Mistake #1 – In Too Deep? (Make pool security a top priority, especially when children are involved.)
According to the American Red Cross, pool drowning is a leading causeof death for children under five. In many such cases, children were under the care of one or more parents at the time of the incident and were out of their parents’ sight for less than five minutes.
For condo management, reliable pool security measures could easily be a life or death matter when kids are involved. “Pools should be surrounded with a fence or barrier that is at least four feet high and a self-closing, self-latching gate,” explains Dr. Paul Myers, Red Cross senior preparedness associate. “Children are very curious and if they’re not allowed to go somewhere, it kind of makes it a little more appealing.” Management should also consider installing a lockable barrier that encloses the top of a hot tub – one that will notcollapse under the weight of a child – and underwater alarms (that detect when an object falls into the pool) to ensure the safety of the pool area.
Mistake #2 – It’s A Gas! (Install carbon monoxide detectors throughout each condo unit.)
Carbon monoxide kills – quickly. Common symptoms of low-level exposure include nausea, headache, and drowsiness, with those exposed to a significant quantity of the gas easily losing consciousness in less than 20 seconds.