Safety when using the amenities

Most people feel that reading about safety is too much like listening to a sermon so I will keep it short.

Swimming pools & hot tubs
People drown in these things so be careful and don't leave children unattended in a swimming pool. Same for a hot tub.

Don't rely on a security guard to monitor the cameras as he or she has other duties to perform or they will be texting on their cell phones or watching movies on the Internet instead of constantly monitoring the video cameras.

Indoor pools in Toronto and all swimming pools in Mississauga do not require life guards so they don't have them.

Red eyes
Chlorine has long had a bad rap for irritating the eyes of swimmers, especially in crowded public pools.

As it turns out, however, it's not the chemical itself turning your eyes red after a swim — it's everything else in the water that chlorine goes in to kill.

Specifically, human urine.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently teamed up with both the Water Quality and Health Council and the National Swimming Pool Foundation to warn the public about health risks associated with summer.

"Smell that 'chlorine'?" reads a fact sheet released by the coalition last month. "It's not what you think. What you smell are actually chemicals that form when chlorine mixes with pee, poop, sweat, and dirt from swimmers' bodies.… These chemicals — not chlorine — can cause your eyes to get red and sting, make your nose run, and make you cough."

Toronto's SwimSafe new health inspection signs are now in place.

Indoor condo swimming pools and hot tubs will be inspected every three months while outdoor pools will be inspected twice a year.

Like the city's restaurants, the hotels, fitness centres and condos will have to post a Green, Yellow or Red sign, depending on the pool's rating.

Now the pool or hot tub users will know how well their amenities are being maintained.

For more information, check the city's websites here:

This is from an older Toronto Star newspaper article:
"The Star obtained public health data detailing 10,000 health and safety violations documented at pools and spas over a two-year period. The data revealed that a number of high-end health clubs, luxury condos and children’s swim schools had repeatedly failed to meet health and safety standards set by the city."

Fitness centres
They are most likely the most used amenity in your condo. That's great. However insure that your fitness centre is equipped with quality professional equipment that is well maintained and in good working order.

While people drown in swimming pools they have heart attacks in fitness centres. Years ago, I worked at a large high-tech factory where the only death we ever had in 30 years was in the fitness centre when a man had a heart attack while riding an exercise bike during his lunchtime workout. A couple of other employees had heart attacks in the fitness centre that were not fatal.

Basketball courts
Very popular with young men but their can be problems when their allotted time is up and they do not want to give up the court to the next group. Though not common, tempers flair and assaults happen.

The sauna
Now this is a freak accidental death.

Man roasted to death in North Miami Beach sauna, found by daugther
Miami New Times
By Kyle Munzenrieder
21 January 2015

"His skin was so dry. It was like a burnt piece of beef jerky," Laura Antiporek told WSVN about finding her 68-year-old father roasted to death in a sauna.
Sunday around 11 p.m., Dennis Antiporek decided to take a relaxing visit to the sauna at the Eden Isles Condominiums in North Miami Beach. His family didn't hear from him for three hours. When they went to check on him, they made the gruesome discovery.

Daughter Laura said that when she opened the door to the sauna, she immediately noticed the intense heat, but what she saw next was even more intense.

"I cannot get that image out of my head. I cannot get that smell out of anything. I can't get the taste out of my mouth," she told the station.

According to Local 10, Laura then called 911.

"I saw my husband totally charred," added wife Ronni. "It didn't look like him. He was all black. His skin was on the ground."

Dennis' body was lying in a fetal position on a sauna bench. Chunks of skin and blood had fallen to the floor.

The family's attorney, Joseph Madalon, believes the incident might have been caused by a faulty timer, and the family plans to sue the sauna manufacturer and the homeowners association. The family believes Dennis died from asphyxiation after becoming overheated.

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