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Two ways to prepare your facility for summer

By Kate Donnelly
Jun 20, 2014

Clubs, Facilities Management

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Summer may be a time for vacations, cookouts and trips to the pool, but for facility managers, the season brings with it its own unique preparation and maintenance challenges. While many facilities are less crowded than during other times of the year, it's also a great opportunity to catch up on any building maintenance you may have fallen behind on over the past few months. Before you retire to your campfire to roast marshmallows in the fading summer sun, make sure you've locked down some of these pressing summer facility management concerns.

Drowning and water safety

Opening up the pool is many people's favorite part of the summer season, but before you dust off your swim trunks, it's important to do a thorough inventory to make sure the equipment is installed and working properly to prevent potential aquatic accidents. According to the Aquatic Safety Group, some of the chief causes of drowning include faulty equipment and an improperly maintained pool area. Malfunctioning pumps, filters and lights can pose a dangerous electrocution hazard, and should be checked regularly to ensure nothing is leaking.

The pool grounds themselves should also be properly maintained to ensure that any on-duty lifeguards have a clear and unobstructed view of the pool area and can easily access it in the event of an emergency. Make sure the pool is also properly stocked with rescue equipment such as buoys and life rings, and a fully stocked first aid kit is close at hand.

Trees and power lines

Large trees are a classic source of shady summer pleasure on a hot day, but for a facility manager they can also cause some headaches if not properly maintained. If left to grow, tree limbs can be a hazard to nearby power and phone lines. Especially in a summer storm, a snapped tree limb can result in a facility-wide loss of power if it falls across an electrical line. Not only is going without power an inconvenience, but any downed lines can pose an electrocution hazard until they are repaired.

Tree limbs and windows also have something of a combative history, especially in some of the nation's more storm-battered regions. This is another reason to keep trees and foliage properly trimmed and maintained. As an extra precautionary measure, ensure the windows on your facility are upgraded or supplemented with storm windows, especially if you live in a hurricane hot zone. If a storm is set to roll through and you don't have storm windows on hand, boarding them up with plywood will also do in a pinch to prevent shattered glass.

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