As the days start to warm up here in downtown Boston, there are some unique safety concerns Boston downtown real estate owners may need to worry about. July 4th may be an entertaining time, but people are more likely to encounter safety problems. If you own a condo or any other type of real estate in downtown Boston, follow these tips to make sure you and your property stay safe this July 4th

1. Be Prepared for Grilling Emergencies

When taking advantage of a firepit, grill, or barbecue at your Boston Seaport condo, plan for the worst. Have an extinguisher nearby, and keep grill lids closed when not in use to reduce flare-ups. It’s also a good idea to make sure your grill is at least six feet away from trees or shrubs.

2. Practice Pool Safety

Dipping into your Boston downtown condo pool to cool off can be surprisingly dangerous. You may want to talk to your board about hiring a lifeguard for busy hours. Never swim alone or in the middle of the night, and avoid entering the pool when intoxicated. If you’re not a strong swimmer, you may want to consider wearing a flotation device if you’re one of the lucky ones who has a pool within your Boston downtown complex, like those renting or owning a Charles River Park condo.

3. Always Stay Safe in the Sun

There are plenty of opportunities to relax in the sun at your Boston Seaport condo. When you’re doing things like barbecuing on a rooftop, you need to remember the sun can be quite damaging. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. To reduce your chances of skin cancer, you need to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply it at least every two hours.

4. Install a Home Security System

Statistically speaking, theft is more common during the summer because it’s easier to commit crimes when it’s warm out and homeowners are often busy vacationing. Reduce theft risk for your Beacon Hill condo by installing a home security system that alerts your phone to anything abnormal. You can also talk to your condo board about beefing up security throughout the building.

5. Wear Safety Gear

Planning on taking advantage of the great weather and walkable neighborhood by biking, skating, or scootering around? The rise in motorized scooters and other fun ways to get around is causing some safety problems for condo residents. It’s important to remember never to operate them while intoxicated, and wearing helmets, long pants, knee pads, and elbow pads can prevent injuries.

6. Get Your AC Maintained

Since air conditioning units have to work overtime during the summer, this is the time you’re most likely to get a broken system that floods your home and causes problems. Getting your unit maintained by a professional ensures it’s up to par before you start using it constantly.

Following these simple tips can help you have a safe, fun-filled summer in your condo. Enjoy your July 4th

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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