With higher temperatures, and more outdoor barbeques and other activities, the chance of fire often rises during the summer months. Even if your association and residents are insured properly, it is the board’s responsibility to help educate your community members on the importance of fire safety.
Ways to Educate the Community
There are many ways that your HOA can promote education regarding fire safety. Here are two of our best tips.
Bring Members of the Fire Department to Your Community
One of the best ways to educate homeowners on fire safety is to invite members of the local fire department to conduct an educational session in your neighborhood. The fire department can hold a session giving fire safety basics and tips. In addition, you can invite vendors to advertise their products at the event, and have insurance brokers to prepare a presentation as well.
Post Fire Safety Tips
Your HOA board should consider posting tips and procedures around the community. These can be posted on community boards and sent out to residents. You can also consider posting these in a prominent place on your website, include them in your newsletter, or send copies through email to all of the members of your community.
Safety Tips for the Summer and Year Round
If you are looking to post fire safety tips around your community, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Have a Personal Evacuation Plan
Each home should have personal evacuation plan for the household to ensure that everyone knows what to do during a fire emergency.
Construct a Community Emergency Plan
The community as a whole should construct an emergency plan in case there is a community-wide emergency. This should then be distributed to homeowners with encouragement to post it in a prominent location.
Have and Inspect Smoke Detectors
One of the most important things that each household should have is a smoke detector. These should be inspected regularly to ensure proper function.
Be Careful While Cooking
Many fires happen as the result of unattended pots, pans, and ovens. Remind homeowners to watch their cooking. It may be helpful to set a timer each time you cook to ensure that there is a reminder before any harm is done.
Stay on Top of Maintenance
Certain maintenance is important for fire safety. This includes keeping gutters free from leaves and other clutter and inspecting and cleaning all fireplaces.
Be Careful With Outdoor Lighting
Having the proper lighting outdoors is particularly important. One of the best ways that you can protect your home from fires as a result of poor lighting outdoors is to hire a professional to install the lights. Leave the DIY projects for less important tasks.
Keep Areas Around BBQ Equipment Clear
For safety during the warm months, make sure to always keep the area around your grill and other hot equipment free of leaves, pine needles, and other flammable materials.
Keeping your residents safe should be one of the main priorities of the board. If you have not educated your community on fire safety, and have not posted fire safety tips, now is the time to do so.