By GoldenWest Management
With the “dog days” of summer already here in Phoenix it’s a fact that temperatures are going to only get hotter and one thing you can expect if you own a multi-family rental property is to have your tenants spending more time in the pool.
Every landlord and property owner should have pool guidelines, or rules that they follow, in place to not only protect their tenants but also to protect their best interests and avoid lawsuits.
In this article, we will share with you 17 pool guidelines you should be enforcing at your multifamily rental property.
#1 – Invest in anti-entrapment drain covers for your pools that are compliant with the 2007 Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety act.
#2 – Change your pool pumps to vacuum release safety systems.
#3 – Educate children and parents about pool safety tips before they are allowed to use the pool.
#4 – Make sure all available staff is educated and trained in Red Cross Life Saving techniques.
#5 – Check all pool enclosures and verify that they are child-proof.
#6 – Post your pool and safety rules prominently so that residents see them before using the pool. These should include regulations that no child under the age of 13 will be allowed to use the pool without the presence of an adult.
#7 – Do not allow alcohol anywhere around your pool
#8 – Ban all plugged in devices from the pool area. This should include smart phones, tablets, and stereos.
#9 – Ban glass containers from your pool and spa area.
#10 – Get at least one or two staff members certified in pool maintenance.
#11 – Check chlorine and pH levels at least two times per day.
#12 – Inspect all pool equipment annually.
#13 – Take inventory of all lifesaving equipment on a monthly basis to confirm that nothing has been lost, stolen or vandalized.
#14 – Think about hiring a lifeguard for your pool or a pool attendant.
#15 – Consider hiring a pool management company to professionally care for your pool.
#16 – Invest in CCTV cameras for your pool area. This will save you from potential lawsuits and keep residents from using the pool after hours.
#17 – Use a calendar program or reminder service to ensure that the maintenance and safety tips in this article are followed on a monthly basis.