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Vacation Rental Safety Tips: Pool Safety and In Case of Fire.

General Safety Tips

  • Take caution when walking up and down stairs both outside and inside.
  • Don't lean on lanai rails or sit on them.
  • Do not climb up ladder in 6th bedroom upstairs.
  • Be careful when walking on walkway on side of/ally at night.

Pool Safety

Millions of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The American Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:

  • Please keep both the front and rear gates closed at all times.
  • Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses from the Red Cross.
  • Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses from the Red Cross.
  • The American Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation® have partnered to create an online Home Pool Essentials course that describes steps home pool owners can take to prevent tragedy and keep a well maintained pool or hot tub.The course is available at www.HomePoolEssentials.org.
In Case of Fire
  • During a home fire, remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  • If closed doors or handles are warm, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  • Crawl low under smoke.
  • Go to your outside meeting place and then call for help.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
  • Use Caution with Fire Extinguishers
  • Use a portable fire extinguisher ONLY if you have been trained by the fire department and in the following conditions:
  • The fire is confined to a small area, and is not growing.
  • The room is not filled with smoke.
  • Everyone has exited the building.
  • The fire department has been called.
  • Remember the word PASS when using a fire extinguisher:

  • P – Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.

    A – Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

    S – Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

    S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
The home has small high pressure exstinguishers next to all the microwaves and kitchen. Please take the time to learn how their used.

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