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Are Your Emergency Pull Cords Working As Designed?

Emergency pull cords are a common feature in multifamily housing, installed throughout units as a safety precaution for residents who may need emergency assistance. But if a pull cord system is improperly maintained or monitored, it can endanger residents by providing a false sense of comfort. 

"Housing organizations need to make sure that emergency pull cords are functioning and monitored so 911 can be called if a cord is pulled," said Elizabeth Owens, HAI Group's director of risk control and consulting. "If the pull cord system isn't functioning, it must be repaired immediately or removed."

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Best Practices for Maintaining a Safe and Successful Splash Pad

Recreational water facilities—also known as splash parks, splash pads, spray grounds, wet decks, or spray parks—have gained popularity over the last decade. They’re interactive, non-natural recreational areas where water is sprayed, splashed, or poured onto visitors. Water drains immediately out of the play area instead of accumulating. There’s no doubt these recreational areas provide plenty of fun in the sun, but they also present unique hazards for residents and guests. Check out our tips below, and get in touch with a member of our Risk Control and Consulting team if you have any questions.

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