Top 5 Tips to Make Your Property Safer

As a property manager, the safety and well-being of your staff and residents will always be a top priority. The heath of all people connected to your property as well as safeguarding against potential law suits depends on your vigilance. Let’s take a look at five safety tips that can benefit your business and those for whom you are responsible.

“We make sure light audits are completed and lights are changed in a timely manner.” -Facilities Maintenance Professional

Sidewalk or walkway lights help prevent trips and falls as well as deliver a level of comfort for your residents.

1. Lighting. Having efficient lighting on your property serves numerous purposes. Parking lot lighting can deter vandalism and burglaries while sidewalk lights help prevent trips and falls as well as deliver a level of comfort for your residents. Flood lights, one of the most powerful forms of lighting, produce beams that illuminate large spaces such as parking lots, courtyards, or recreational areas. That’s a lot of light and a lot of energy utilized for your property’s needs. So it’s also a good idea to use the most cost effective and environmentally friendly options like motion sensor lights and LEDs.

2. Slipping. When stair rails rust they become unstable over time and at some point it’s best to repair or replace them to prevent resident slips and injuries. Stairs also need a degree of upkeep, especially when exposed to the elements. Different products like anti-slip step covers and anti-slip coating spray can be used to help reduce the probability of slipping. Keeping wet floor signs on hand to alert residents of a potential hazard is also a smart thing to do.

“We try to educate the residents about fire safety at least once a quarter. Our area has great volunteer help from local fire stations. It’s fun for the kids and opens parents’ eyes.” -Property Manager

3. Fire Hazards. Some of the worst fire hazards often start out innocently. A barbecue on a balcony. Residents storing belongings in their water heater closet. It doesn’t take much to lead to a very dangerous and damaging situation. That’s why keeping residents aware of the risks is of the utmost importance. Get advice from your neighborhood fire department and hand out fire safety information packets to educate residents. Use fire hazard signs on water heater doors and other trouble spots, and consider installing community grills on your property to substitute for personal grills.

“Our biggest safety concern at our properties is ice and snow in the winter months. We are out every day to check walks and parking lots for ice. We even go as far as to pre salt parking lots and sidewalks when a storm is coming.” -Facilities Maintenance Professional

4. Weather Preparation. Be prepared and keep your property safe for the challenges each season brings. In winter, to combat ice and snow, use ice melt for your parking lots, stairs, and walkways. Also, be sure to have a supply of shovels and snow removal products ready for when a storm hits. Heavy rains in the spring can cause flooding. Stockpile the right supplies like sandbags and sump pumps for when they’re needed to protect your property from severe water damage. Heat waves in the summer pose health risks such as dehydration and heatstroke. Advise your residents to load up on bottled water and always make sure your cooling units are functioning properly. Tornadoes are another threat, especially in summer with humid conditions that are conducive to thunderstorms, which spawn the devastating whirlwinds. They often strike without much warning so it’s important to be prepared beforehand with emergency supply kits and essential tools like batteries and flashlights. Fall is the heart of hurricane season from September to November. During these months powerful storms can develop and wreak havoc by causing flooding and knocking out power. Take necessary precautions in advance by making sure to have emergency lighting installed, generators, battery-operated radios, and other emergency supplies at your disposal.

5. Pool Safety. Pools are a great pastime for residents and as a property manager you want to make sure it’s always a fun and safe environment. Setting up pool signs to let residents know the rules and other safety information is a start, but there’s so much more you can do. Like using anti-slip paint around the pool area to help prevent falls and injuries. Keep first aid kits in the vicinity and emergency pool phones for quick responses in case an accident does occur. Anti-entrapment drain covers are an effective safety device, especially for when small children are using the pool. And pool fencing to keep non-residents out as well as to help enforce pool usage hours is another great safety measure.

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