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family playing outsideSummer is an enjoyable time for many people, filled with splashing around in the pool and playing sports under the sun. But in order to have a great summer, it’s important to keep safety in mind so unexpected accidents don’t get in the way of soaking up the sunshine. Here are a few summer safety tips specifically for renters.

Pool safety: Many apartment complexes have community pools and, in most cases, there is no lifeguard on duty. If you have small children, it’s up to you to watch over them and ensure their safety when in or around the pool. Make sure they understand that they are not to go near the pool without adult supervision. And remember, this is a community amenity, so it’s expected that you clean up after yourself. Toys left lying around are a tripping hazard for other neighborhood children.

BBQ safety: Some apartment complexes allow grills on balconies or patios, while others prefer you use the community grills that are often located near the pool. If you partake in grilling, use caution when preparing a BBQ feast. Never leave a lit grill unattended and check on food frequently to ensure it’s cooking nicely without burning and risking a fire. It’s best if children stay at least three feet away from a lit grill, or any hot cooking appliance for that matter. Once you’re done cooking, be sure to fully extinguish the flames and embers before leaving the area.

Road trip safety: The main difference of road trip safety for renters is in regards to loading the car. While some apartment complexes offer garages, many cars are simply parked outside. That means, anyone can see what’s in your car. During the loading and unloading process, it’s best for someone to stay near the car to watch over your belongings. Never leave a fully loaded car parked outdoors for long. Better to pack up and hit the road right away, so thieves don’t have a chance to break in and steal your luggage or camping gear.

Vacation safety: Much like homeowners, it’s a good idea to make your apartment look occupied while you’re away on vacation. Why? Burglars like easy targets, which is provided when an apartment looks like no one’s been home for a while. Before leaving, talk to the leasing office and ask them to collect or hold your mail while you’ll be gone. You can also ask a trusted neighbor, friend or family member to check in every day, especially if you have a pet that must be cared for. Other ideas include setting your lights on timers and ensuring that no trash bins are left on the curb.

The right coverage adds to your safety. Call Auto Insurers of Virginia at (804) 379-2697 for more information on Midlothian renters insurance.
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