The 4th of July is quickly approaching! If you’re an HOA board member, your community probably has some activities planned for members. While it’s likely set to be a great weekend full of pool time, BBQ food, and a great view of the fireworks, and helps prevent community apathy, don’t forget about some important safety guidelines and to make sure they are followed by everyone in the association.
Here are some rules to reminds residents about:
- Re-read and be familiar with the HOA’s CC&Rs and rules to know what is and isn’t acceptable during celebrations as an HOA member.
- Make sure any guests are also made aware of the rules, otherwise anything against the rules they do will make you liable.
- Get clear on the HOA guidelines for displaying the American flag during this important holiday.
- Tell your guests about proper rules for parking.
- Follow all rule and safety guidelines for the HOA pool, and watch children closely as they play there. An adult should be watching them at all time.
- If you’re planning to grill, be sure the grill is away from deck railings and your home. Also keep is away from branches handing overhead.
- Before using or buying fireworks, be sure they are legal in your area. If you aren’t sure, ask.
- Be cautious of your noise level and respect your neighbors.
- Before throwing away used fireworks, soak them in water.
- Take care of your pets during festivities. A lot of dogs and cats get scared of the fireworks, and dogs can easily run away and go missing if not watched.
- In the event of an emergency, always call 911 before alerting the HOA manager.
Your HOA’s board is responsible for making sure members are protected during July 4th, but it’s also on the members to know the rules. Remind them that you have rules and guidelines because you care about safety and enjoyment for the whole community.