Vacation Rental Safety
At Bennington Properties we take your comfort and safety very seriously. If at anytime you have safety concerns about your vacation rental, please contact our office immediately. Our Guest Services department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to address your needs and concerns and will respond immediately when you call (this is a complimentary service). It is always better to err on the side of caution, so please don't hesitate to contact us. Email Guest Services or call us at 800.313.5242.
Use safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and to prevent your young children from accessing certain areas of your vacation rental (kitchens, bathrooms, etc.). If a safety gate is not provided at your vacation rental please call Bennington Properties and we are happy to provide you with complimentary baby gates for your use while in Sunriver.
Keep second story windows closed and locked at all times when young children are present. Screens keep bugs out but they won't protect your child from dangerous falls.
When you first arrive to your vacation rental, move all household cleaning products out of children’s sight and reach. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
With grandparents or other relatives not in the habit of living with young children, it is a good to remind everyone to put all medicines up and away and out of sight and reach of children. In 3 out of 4 emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to a parent or grandparent. Kids can get into medication in all sorts of places, like in purses, on counters and nightstands.
Put the toll-free Poison Help Number (1-800-222-1222) into your cell phones.
Make sure your electrical sockets are covered. If socket covers are not already provided at your vacation rental, please call Bennington Properties and we are happy to supply you with a complimentary set of socket covers.
When spending an hour or more in the sun, make sure to use and reapply sunscreen. Your exposure increases when around water and snow, so take extra precaution when skiing or playing around water. It's best to prevent direct exposure to sun when possible. Sun hats, long sleeve shirts, and sun glasses are recommended for young children.
Snow & Ice Safety
Bennington Properties has provided a bucket of cinders, salt, or sand for guests to spread on icy stairs, walkways, and driveways to help prevent slips and falls. This bucket will be located at or near the front door of your vacation rental. For your safety we have also provided a snow shovel at each vacation rental.
When walking around in snowy and icy conditions, walk like a penguin! Spread your feet and point your toes out slightly bending your knees, and extending your arms out to your sides to maintain balance. Take short steps or shuffle for stability.
Bikes provided for guests are intended for use on the paved pathways in Sunriver. Most bike are single speed cruisers and are not safe to ride on unpaved trails. Inspect each bike before riding to make sure it is safe to ride. Since bicycle helmets must fit the rider properly to provide protection, bicycle helmets are not provided at vacation rentals. We recommend all guests bring their personal bicycle helmets or rent a properly sized helmet from one of the many local bike shops in Sunriver.
Oregon’s bicycle helmet law requires that any person less than 16 years of age riding a bike or a passenger on a bike wear a bicycle helmet labeled ANSI and/or Snell approved. If you are concerned about the safety of any bike, stop use, and call Bennington Properties. We are happy to remedy any bike issue for you or provide complimentary replacement bikes for bikes we are not able to repair.
All Bennington Properties vacation rentals are equipped with a fire extinguisher located under the kitchen sink. Due to the fire sensitive nature of the Sunriver environment, please dispose of cigarettes in fire safe containers, refrain from using fireworks, and only use gas BBQs.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
Axes are not left in our vacation homes for the safety of all guests (especially small children). Please call us and we will be happy to provide you with more fire-starters, kindling, or come and split your wood!
A roaring fire or a fire built too close to the glass door assembly may overheat the glass and cause it to crack or shatter. Glass doors should remain open and screens closed during active fire burning and never leave the room with both the glass and screen doors open.
Take A CPR Class
Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. Since you are likely to be playing in and around water on your visit to Sunriver, we recommend taking CPR classes at your local American Red Cross before you make your trip. It will give you tremendous peace of mind.
The hot tub is maintained by a professional hot tub company and is serviced weekly and between each guest for cleanliness. If there is a problem with the hot tub during your stay, please contact Bennington Properties immediately so we can contact the hot tub company to remedy the problem.
• Reduce your risk of hot tub rash by (i) showering or bathing with soap before entering the hot tub, (ii) removing your swimsuit and shower with soap after getting out of the water, (iii) cleaning your swimsuit after getting out of the water, (iv) avoiding getting hot tub water into your mouth, (v) excluding children less than 5 years of age from using hot tubs, (vi) not allowing children to come and go from the hot tub as this will increase the chances of tracking the bacteria in on their feet, (vii) not allowing any outside debris or chemicals to enter the hot tub (soil, food, liquid from drinks, etc.), and (viii) make sure the water temperature does not exceed 104˚F (40˚C).
• If at anytime the hot tub looks cloudy or dirty, cease any further use of the hot tub and call Bennington Properties.
• Limit use to 15 minutes and never exceed max occupancy. Prolonged use can cause rashes or infection.
• Do not sit or stand on the hot tub cover.
• Enter and exit the hot tub slowly.
• Young children should not use the hot tub. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that small children not use a hot tub or spa due to the dangers of overheating. A child can overheat within minutes in hot water. Symptoms of overheating include nausea, dizziness, and headache.
• Children should not be left alone around the hot tub. Remind family members to put the cell phone away and give young children 100 percent of their attention. The hot tub should have a wire and lock to avoid unwanted access.
• Hot tubs are disinfected using a floating devices that release chemicals to kill bacteria and destroy other contaminants. These floating devices often contain chlorine or bromine sanitizing compounds. Chlorine and bromine can cause throat, eye, nose and lung irritation when the fumes are inhaled, or nausea and stomach irritation when consumed. Keep your child away from all spa disinfectants. Remove the feeder or sticks and put them out of reach of your child before using the spa. Replace the feeders or sticks to the spa when your child is done with the spa. If you suspect your child has ingested or inhaled a dangerous amount of spa compounds, call the Poison Center immediately.
• Pregnant women should be aware of the danger of overheating. While you may not feel hot, your baby can be suffering and can be seriously injured, causing birth defects. Overheating can happen within minutes.
• Persons having heart conditions, high or low blood pressure, diabetes or other health conditions should not use the hot tub.
What is hot tub rash? Hot tub rash, or dermatitis, is an infection of the skin that can affect people of all ages. Hot tub rash is often caused by infection with the germ Pseudomonas aeruginosa, common in water and soil. Because hot tubs have warmer water than pools, chlorine or other disinfectants used to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa break down faster; increasing the risk of hot tub rash infection for swimmers. The rash usually appears within a few days of contact and will resolve itself without medical treatment. However, if your rash lasts longer than a few days, consult your health care provider.
Sunriver Evacuation Plan
In the event of a major Sunriver wide emergency such as a forest fire, the following will happen:
• Overhead emergency sirens will sound continuously with a message describing the emergency and the procedures to be followed. It will be important to go directly to designated evacuation areas and follow all directions from emergency personnel.
• An announcement describing the emergency will be broadcast on radio station KLRR 101.7 FM and on TV channel 4 (SROA) and/or channel 5 (KTVZ-Bend).
• If an evacuation is required, emergency vehicles may utilize a continuous high-low (European) siren in combination with public address announcements.