Getting Ready for a Safe Summer
Getting Ready for a Safe Summer
Summer is just around the corner, so we have put together resources to help you get ready and stay safe while having fun. Read on for:
- COVID-19 safety this summer
- Fire safety resources
- Tips for trampoline and swimming pool safety
- Tips for preventing mold and pests
COVID-19 Safety this Summer
The Government of Alberta announced their Open for Summer Plan on May 26 with provincewide health measures being removed in three stages, as vaccine targets are reached and hospitalizations decline.
- Stage 1: Two weeks after 50 per cent of Albertans age 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine and COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 800 and declining.
- Stage 2: Two weeks after 60 per cent of Albertans age 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine and COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. At this stage Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect
- Stage 3: Two weeks after 70 per cent of Albertans age 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine. At this stage, all restrictions will be lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings, but isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings will remain.
According to the Government of Alberta, since we have reached the 50 per cent threshold for one-dose vaccination on May 18, and with hospitalizations well below 800, Alberta will enter Stage 1 on June 1. Based on the current pace of vaccinations, Alberta is projected to enter Stage 2 in mid-June and Stage 3 in late June or early July.
These are estimates only and rely on all Albertans continuing to drive down our hospitalizations while increasing vaccination numbers.
Fire Safety Resources
Refer to these safety resources as you think about cooking food on a barbecue or sitting around a fire this summer.
Using Barbeques Safely
Gas BBQs are allowed but must be located at a safe distance of at least 2 feet from fences, railings, walls and buildings while in use or while still hot. Hibachis and other charcoal BBQs are not permitted on CHC sites.
Fire pits, wood burning stoves and chimineas are prohibited
Fire pits, wood burning stoves and chimineas are prohibited on all CHC sites, including yards and common areas. You can book fire pits at community parks. Hibachis and other charcoal BBQs are not permitted on CHC sites.
At home fire safety tips
These resources will help you practice safe cooking habits in your kitchen all year round.
Tips for trampoline and swimming pool safety
Follow the safety rules below if you live in a CHC home with space for a swimming pool or trampoline. CHC is not responsible for any incidents that result from use of a swimming pool or trampoline.
Trampolines safety information
Trampolines are permitted if the tenant follows manufacturers’ guidelines and directions.
Location must be at least 3 feet from fences, buildings, trees, parking areas and other obstacles.
- A net is mandatory and must be in good repair.
- Secure trampoline to protect from high winds.
- Not all yards will accommodate the size of a trampoline safely.
- CHC is not responsible for any incidents that result from use of a trampoline.
Refer to Trampoline Injury Prevention and Safety from the Government of Alberta for tips.
Swimming pool safety information
Calgary Housing Company does not permit a pool that is greater than 18 inches in height and/or 6 feet in diameter on CHC property including yards, common areas and play areas.
- Pools must be drained at the furthest point away from all buildings with water drained away from buildings.
- Children must be supervised at all times.
- Calgary Housing Company is not responsible for any incidents that result from use of a pool.
Refer to the City of Calgary wading pools, spray parks and outdoor pools page for details on when these facilities will open and for information on COVID-19 protocols.
Tips for preventing mold and pests
The moisture and humidity of summer along with spending more time outside can create circumstances for mold and pests. Follow these tips to prevent mold and pests in and around your home.
Preventing mold in your home
Mold seeks moisture, warmth and food to grow, so you can prevent mold from growing by controlling moisture and keeping your home dry. Following these tips and can prevent mold from growing in and around your home.
- Maintain correct room temperature (Between 16* Celcius (61*F) and 21* Celsius (70*F) and air circulation.
- When cooking, open a window or turn on exhaust fans if available.
- Turn on bathroom exhaust fan (where equipped) for at least 15 minutes after a shower or bath.
- Increase the airflow in your home: keep interior doors open, keep furniture one inch from the wall and open your curtains and/or blinds.
- Do not hang blankets on windows as this traps moist air, and reduce the amount of materials you store that collect moisture such as fabrics, paper, and wood.
- Keep your unit clean at all times to allow for good ventilation and airflow.
Refer to additional information on mold from the Government of Alberta for more.
Preventing pests in your home
To avoid attracting pests, rodents or stray animals, please help keep your home and surroundings clean and free of garbage and debris.
If you notice pests such as bed bugs, cockroaches or mice in your unit, please call your Maintenance Administrator or (587) 390-1200.
In Summer 2020 we compiled a new Printable PDF version of important information for tenants. You will find details on how to connect with CHC, guidance on the programs we provide, and advice on maintenance and management of your home. Keep a copy of the PDF on your device or print your own hardcopy. Download CHC Tenant Handbook 2020