With the summer months finally heating up, you might find your residents flocking to use your rental community’s pool. To avoid any unwanted surprises, take the time to make sure your community pool is safe and secure for the season. Your residents will appreciate you prioritizing their safety during the busy rental season.
Community Pool Security: How to Ward off Unwanted Visitors
If there’s anything you don’t want, it’s an unfamiliar face using your community’s amenities. While many of these pool hoppers are harmless, they still pose a big security risk to your rental property. Not to mention it’s unfair to your paying residents. To try to ward off unwanted visitors, consider the following:
- Get a Gate
If your rental properties have issues with unwanted visitors taking a dip in your community pool, it might be time to propose limiting accessibility. By restricting access to open amenities like your pool, you ward off any potential violators. It also saves you the trouble of guessing whether or not an unfamiliar face is a guest of one of your residents or a pedestrian off the street. Of course, be prepared to keep spare pool keys or keyfobs at your leasing office, and reprimand anyone trying to jump the gate.
- Distribute Colored Wristbands
If gating your community pool is out of the question, you can try to reinforce pool accessibility rules through colored wristbands. Distinguish two different colored wristbands (one for residents and one for guests) and distribute them amongst your community to wear whenever they use your property’s pool. While you might have to strictly monitor whether or not your residents are using the bands, once the system is long in place it can help you reduce the amount of unknown faces using your pool.
- Try Good Ol’ Fashioned Manager Supervision
Depending on where your rental property’s pool is located in relation to your leasing office, you might just have to opt for supervising the community pool yourself. If you have a team, consider taking shifts monitoring the community area. While this situation isn’t ideal as you probably won’t be able to monitor the pool for long, it’s a great way to take some time to chat with your residents and build those relationships.
Community Pool Safety: Your Yearly To-Do Checklist
Beyond the security of your community pool, the actual safety of the amenity is just as important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger, and for every child who dies from drowning, another 5 receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.” While you aren’t a lifeguard, it might be a good idea to get CPR certified just in case. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you do these things yearly:
- Display legal pool signage
- Provide safety devices nearby
- Display your community’s pool rules
- Ensure pool maintenance is done regularly (paying special attention on your pool’s drain gate or cover)
While catching pool hoppers in the act and enforcing community pool rules aren’t too fun, it ultimately keeps your residents safe. By creating accessibility requirements, you not only ward off any sketchy unknown visitors, but you help keep your resident’s children safer as well.
Do you have issues with pool hoppers? What have you tried to deter them?
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Becky Bower is the Content Strategist here at the CIC Blog. She holds a degree in English, with a focus in creative writing, from CSU Channel Islands. Her biggest weakness is cake and favorite superhero is Batman.