- Schedule periodic inspections of unoccupied buildings to check for signs of mold or water accumulation.
- Ensure that steps, handrails and ramps are in good shape.
- Service sump pumps.
- Make sure drains and gutters are free of leaves and dirt and secure gutters that have come loose.
- Verify that fire detection system inspections are up-to-date.
- Remove extension cords that can be a tripping hazard.
- Inspect the playground area and remove exposed tree roots, rocks or other obstacles that could cause children to trip.
- Inspect equipment for sharp edges and dangerous hardware, such as protruding bolts or open "S" hooks.
- Check that surfaces around and under play equipment has a minimum of 12" of wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel.
- Make sure bushes and shrubs near your building are trimmed, especially those near windows.
- Inspect trees for lose branches.
- Ensure sidewalks, curbing, patios, driveways and parking lots are in good repair.
- Repaint speed bumps.
- Service lawn and landscaping equipment.
- Keep equipment stored when not in use; i.e., do not leave tools out where children can access them.
- Make sure fire extinguishers have been inspected and are fully charged.
- Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries.
- Check filters in air conditioning system.
- At the beginning of each season, check all plumbing and electrical systems and repair any damage that may have taken place since the last check.
- Update emergency supply kits for hurricanes, floods and other weather-related events.
- If planning outdoor activities involving children, ensure the children take frequent water breaks, and try to take breaks in shaded areas.
- Be prepared for the hurricane season. For more information on hurricane preparation, follow this link.