We are enjoying some of the highest temps of the year so
far, and some of the best weather in years. Spring-training season has arrived,
and many of us have a short spring break to enjoy. For those who aren’t getting
away, an apartment community can be like a staycation if you plan it right.
Many communities have resort-style pools, movie theaters and more.
Parents who allow their teens and tweens to be home alone
during this break need to make sure their children understand and are complying
with the community’s rules. Hanging out by the pool under a ramada with some
music playing may be the perfect way to enjoy spring break. But it’s a good
time to review and follow the rules. Most pools have guidelines for behavior
around the pool, such as no running and no diving, and these rules are for the
health and safety of residents and other guests.
Most pools have gates that lock, and it’s critical that
your children and their guests close and properly lock them. It can be tempting
to prop open a gate to allow friends in and out, but this is a major safety
risk. Every year, we see news coverage of tragic pool accidents where kids and
adults drown, and pool fences can be an important part of protecting residents.
If your children are planning to use the fitness center
and they aren’t frequent visitors there, double check the rules about using
equipment and etiquette in the gym. We all want a visit to the gym to be
pleasant, and it’s important to teach younger visitors the proper way to use
and clean equipment.
Anytime you have guests in your apartment community, you
are responsible for their behavior and safety. Spring break is a great time to
take advantage of all of the community amenities. But honor the safety
guidelines to ensure everyone’s enjoyment.