Category Archives Safety

smart home tech

Here, we'll take a look at how you can outfit your apartment with smart essentials to make renting significantly more convenient and safe. Smart plugs are an inexpensive, easy way to integrate smart home tech into your rental. These devices allow you to remotely control anything that plugs into a wall socket — all with a tap of your finger on your smartphone or tablet. At home, you can even use your smart speaker to activate smart plugs with a voice command.

prepping apartment for hurricane

Hurricanes are stressful situations. It’s important to take control early, securing everything you can, and making sure you have what you need to prepare for the impending storm. Coastal residents are at higher risk, but in Florida, even inland structures can incur damage if a powerful storm crosses the state.

It was a dark and stormy night… and you had no idea how to find the safest spot in your apartment building for you and your family to ride out the storm! [find-an-apartment] To avoid this situation, it's a good idea to know in advance your options for staying safe at home during inclement weather.

Don’t let your next dinner party go up in smoke! Cooking fires are the most common cause of household fires, and you don't have to own a commercial-sized Viking range to feel the heat. [find-an-apartment] From grease spills to stray dishtowels, even a tiny cooktop in a studio apartment can set a blaze. Follow these eight tips to reduce your risks for an apartment kitchen fire.

[find-an-apartment] Within minutes, a small fire can spread and grow into a deadly fire. But with a few steps, you can protect yourself, your home and your belongings. First, closely inspect your home to eliminate potential hazards. Then, use these fire prevention tips and strategies to safeguard your home.

Moving can be strenuous exercise. When you’re not prepared for the rigors of a move, injuries can occur.

[find-an-apartment] If you've made the decision to move yourself without the help of professional movers, your goal is an efficient (and uneventful!) moving experience. Follow these moving safety tips to really take care of yourself on moving day. Hey, you want to still be standing after your move!

Will you be receiving new electronics, jewelry or other big-ticket items as gifts this holiday season? And (hint, hint), will you also be getting the receipts? [find-an-apartment] The holidays are an ideal time to take a home inventory and make sure all your pricey new gifts will be protected in the event of a loss: a fire, a burst pipe due to freezing, a natural disaster or even theft.

8 simple pool rules

Summer is still officially one month away, but swimming pools everywhere will be opening this Memorial Day weekend. Sure, the summer is beach season, but at your apartment community pool, there’s no risk of painful jellyfish stings and hidden dangers lurking in the sand.

So to prepare you for the months ahead, here are eight pieces of advice to help you make the most of pool season before it's too late!

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As cliche as it may sound, we must remind you to keep safety first. Every pool has its own set of rules that need to be followed. They should be clearly posted in the pool area. You, your children and guests should become familiar with the rules to avoid being banned for silly things like splashing, diving or excessive cannonballing. Most importantly, never leave children in the pool unattended - not even for a quick run to the bathroom. Stay in the shallow end of the pool if you have to.

Read more: Practice Proper Pool Etiquette

Summer has rolled around again and everyone’s minds are on having fun in the sun -- particularly if your apartment community has a pool. Though it’s easy to forget, keeping basic safety in mind can ensure that you, your family…

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