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Preparing for an Incident-Free Fourth of July

posted Jun 30, 2017, 8:40 AM by Forest Ridge

Dear Homeowners,

Summer is in full swing, and the fourth of July is just around the corner!  This is a wonderful time to get together with neighbors to celebrate America’s Independence!

Please keep in mind the following:

Play by the Rules
Review your CCRs and HOA rules to familiarize yourself with what you can and cannot do as members of the Association.

Flag Display
Most associations want to encourage displays of patriotism. Showing patriotism is a very personal matter to many Americans, and there are sure to be many veterans, active military members, and families of fallen soldiers within the community.

Reminder of Basic Safety Tips 
Although a fun holiday, the fourth of July can be dangerous, too! It’s important to remember the following basic safety tips, such as:

• Fireworks: Whether hosted by the HOA, or used individually by homeowners on or off-site, fireworks are an integral part of any fourth of July celebration! Always read directions for use, and only use one at a time. Fireworks should never be handled by children, and should never be aimed or thrown at another person. Monitor windy conditions and avoid using fireworks near homes, dry grass, animals, or flammable materials. Proper disposal of fireworks includes dousing them in water before discarding them in an appropriate waste receptacle.

• Water safety: Many will be headed to lakes, pools, and rivers to beat the summer heat. Remind neighbors to wear life jackets, and to never swim alone if headed to a large outdoor body of water, as drowning can happen in a matter of seconds. Please read and follow the pool rules that are clearly posted at the community pool.

• Grilling safety: Homeowners should never leave a lit grill unattended. When grilling, a fire extinguisher should be kept readily available. Avoid decorating near any grilling area, and keep the grill at least 10 feet away from any structure.

• Pet precautions: Many pets are afraid of loud noises. Remind homeowners to keep their pets safe by leaving them inside to prevent them from running off and encountering harm once the festivities begin.

We want to remind all residents of these holiday safety tips, and to be mindful of these simple tips and guidelines so that everyone can enjoy fourth of July activities without incident.

We wish everyone a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Thank you,

Board of Directors
Forest Ridge Owners Association, Inc.

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