Summer is here; let the heat wave begin. Walking outside and nearly melting on to the sidewalk sure makes a nice dive in the pool sound wonderful. What do you need to know about community pools to keep you and your loved ones safe? I’m not talking about the obvious stuff, like watch small children and do not go into the deep end if you can’t swim. I’m talking about getting sick because of what is in the pool water.
It is not uncommon to hear of people becoming ill after swimming in a community pool. What is not as common is understanding the cause of the illnesses. So what are some causes of illness from a pool? Parasites, germs, bacteria, viruses, and chemicals are the main causes of illness from playing and swimming in treated recreational water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks the top ten illnesses reported from pools. Most of them are mild and non-life threatening with symptoms of nausea, diarrhea, pink eye, and bronchitis. Others can cause pneumonia, which can be particularly difficult for anyone with a pre-existing condition or a compromised immune system. Probably one of the most well known conditions a person develops from treated recreational water is what is called “hot tub rash”. This is actually caused by a tiny common germ.
The most surprising cause of illness from treated recreational water is illness caused by overuse of chemicals. Disinfectants and other pool chemicals can create byproducts and gases that make people sick. The most common symptoms are nausea and vomiting, but it can also lead to irritation of the eyes and lungs.
So how do you make sure the pools you and your family are using is safe? Well, you can request to see the inspection reports to confirm they are in compliance with government standards. You can also purchase your own little chemical test kit and check the chemical levels yourself. These kits are relatively inexpensive and easy to use, clearly showing you the readings you should get for various chemicals.
If the pool is located in the community you live in, you can also ask that they show you a test of the water to see real-time readings. If they do not have the equipment available to do that for you, you should consider that a red flag. Get your own kit and check before swimming there. Being aware of the potential hazards is the first step in ensuring the safety of you and your family in a community pool.
For years those who rented a place to live were filled with fear regarding breaking the terms of the almighty lease. After a couple of recessions and common military and other job relocations this has become a whole new ball game for renters. During the recession, many communities offered to allow anyone out of their lease if they lost their job.
While the standard move-out fees would apply, they would not be required to pay additional fees. If you live in an area that is still being hit hard by unemployment, consider asking before you sign a lease about having this option added. It never hurts to ask.
If you live near a military base, chances are a work relocation can possibly get you out of the extra broken lease fees. While they usually stipulate a thirty or even sixty-day notice and require written documentation from your employer, you can often escape the extra fees associated with breaking the lease. Again, if your company moves people around frequently, inquire about this being a part of your lease agreement, or if the community offers such an option.
Many communities, particularly in large cities, offer this type of arrangement as a courtesy. That does not mean you won’t have to ask about it to get it. In some instances, they require that if they have a sister community in the area you are moving to that you continue your lease there. While this may not be the most convenient, it could save some money and is worth considering. I am unaware of any community that will not allow for military to break their lease. They do require a copy of your relocation orders, and some ask for thirty-days notice, but being military usually gets you out of the bad karma associated with lease breaking.
So, what happens if you get a new job and you really need to move closer to it? Ask. Many communities are willing to work with you, especially if they can set you up in a sister community in your new location. However, if you do not ask about it, you will never know. Open up the negotiations, and feel free to use the fact that you have been a great resident for the past five years. Surely that type of loyalty is worth something.
Now that summer is here, resident’s often neglect to take advantage of their community amenities. Since the weather is nice in most parts of the country, it is a good time to have friends over for a pool or barbeque type party. If you live in a community that has many amenities, be sure you take advantage of using them. Many communities offer business centers that are free of charge. This centers allow you or your children to learn the computer and fax machines and offer free printing without having to pay a monthly fee for Internet usage.
In addition, many communities have a media room that is like a theater and plays movies. Going to the movies can get expensive since most theaters average a ticket price that hovers over $10 per person and upwards just to see a movie, and that doesn’t include buying drinks and popcorn.
Sending your children or teens to see a movie can easily set you back $50 or more. If your community offers a Media Room, do not forget to set some time aside and plan a movie night for the kids Renting a popular video only costs about $2 nowadays and bringing your own drinks or snacks to these theater type rooms would greatly reduce any costs and keeps both the children and adults busy during the summer.
Sometimes residents get so tired from working, going home to prepare meals, and focus so much on taking care of the family, they forget to use the community amenities, which is beneficial to the entire family. So, do not forget to circle any date on the calendar and spend a few minutes to coordinate a summer pool or movie night party.
As one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, Atlanta is a diverse and bustling city with a rich history. From a lively entertainment nightlife scene to historic and cultural museums, Atlanta is never in short supply of exciting things to do. Whether you’re looking to move to the downtown area or the restored Midtown neighborhood, Atlanta neighborhoods are as varied as the city’s activities. Here are a few of our favorite areas.
When it comes to mixing art and business, Midtown is unrivaled by any other section of the city. Located in the heart of the city between Downtown and Buckhead, here you’ll find beautifully-restored architecture and many of the city’s museums alongside major corporate offices like Coca-Cola and Wells Fargo. Living in a Midtown apartment means you’re never far from great shopping and delectable dining. Plus, many Atlanta festivals are held in the Midtown area. Continue reading
Now that May showers are drying up, the kids are almost out of school, and the weather is warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, it is time to prepare for summer cleaning and fun with your family or friends. If your family normally goes on summer vacation, be sure you notify your management company ahead of time so they can make arrangements to pick up and store your mail and monitor your home if no one will be staying there while you are on summer vacation. If you plan to have some family or friends stay in your home while you are away, then you should notify the management office so no one gets concerned about strangers being in your home and introduce them to the front office personnel.
Introducing them to the office personnel helps them to acquaint themselves with the basic rules of the community while you save time to pack for your trip. Each community rules are different so you should ask whether other people can stay in your home while you are away or not.
Finally, you should ensure if your family or friends stay while you are away, you should tell them of the basic community rules and provide them your contact number in case of emergencies. A final walk-through with your family or friends through your home and community also helps to minimize any unforeseen problems.
Do not forget to ask the community if they need to issue additional parking passes for your guests or whether they need to make other arrangements. Now relax and enjoy your planned vacation and have a nice fun trip without having to worry about the safety of your home. Summer vacation is fast approaching and do not hesitate to take your first steps to secure the safety of your home.
Once you’ve moved into a top-rated apartment, the next step is all yours – keeping it nice and tidy. But for some of us, that’s more difficult done than said. Whether you’re a knick-knack person, collection hobbyist, or an insane list-maker, following these few tips can help stop the clutter before you find yourself buried in it.
Five Minutes a Day…
…keeps the clutter away. When you change from your work to casual clothes at the end of a long day, before you put on your favorite show, pick up the pile of clothes off the floor and put them away. Most people don’t admit it, but there should be a “worn once but not yet dirty” hamper. Make it happen. Continue reading