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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.

Safety Gates Electrical Safety
Window Safety Sun Safety
Cooking Safety Snow & Ice Safety
Chemical Safety Bike Safety
Medicine Safety Pet Safety
Poison Control Wood Burning Fireplaces
Hot Tub Safety Fire Extinguishers
Sunriver Evacuation Plan  

Safety Gates

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.

Window Safety

Keep cords and strings attached to window blinds out of your child’s reach. For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls.  Keep second story windows closed at all times when young children are present.  Screens keep bugs out but they won't protect your child from dangerous falls. 

Cooking Safety

You may have a lot of children and adults in one house that aren't used to living with each other.  Use baby gates to prevent young children from accessing the kitchen.  If it is not possible to prevent young children from entering the kitchen, make sure the family cooks use the back burners of the stove and that they turn pot handles away from the edge.  Keep hot foods away from the edge of your counters and tables.

Chemical Safety

Store all household products out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. So any bleach, detergents, dishwasher liquid or cleaning solutions that are kept there should find a new storage location. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.

Medicine Safety

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.

Poison Control

Put the toll-free Poison Help Number (1-800-222-1222) into your cell phones.

Hot Tub Safety

Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water. Remind family members to put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things they have to do and give young children 100 percent of their attention when they are near or around the hot tub or other water (bath tubs, etc.).  The hot tub should have a wire and lock to keep unwanted access.  If you have young children with you keep the hot tub locked when not in use.  Here are more tips on Basic Hot Tub Safety for your whole family.  We also recommend you help protect your family against hot tub rash by following these Hot Tub Rash Safety Guidelines.

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.

Sunriver Evacuation Plan

Sunriver is a forest and is also surrounded by forest.  Although we have not had a major forest fire scare since the 1980's, we are ever aware of the fire sensitive area we live in.  In the event of a major Sunriver wide emergency such as a forest fire, please follow these Evacuation Procedures.  Due to the fire sensitive nature of the Sunriver environment, guests to Sunriver are asked to dispose of cigarettes in fire safe containers, refrain from using fireworks, and to only use gas BBQs.

Electrical Safety

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.

Sun Safety

When spending an hour or more in the sun, make sure to use and reapply sunscreen. 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.  Before adventuring out onto the snow and ice we recommend you read the following list of tips for Walking Safely On Snow And Ice.

Bike Safety

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 managed by Bennington Properties.  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 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.

Pet Safety

Click here for a complete list of ways to keep your Pet Safe While In Sunriver.

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!  Here are a few safety tips when using a word burning fireplace.

1. Ensure that the fireplace flue/damper is fully open before starting a fire.
2. Build and maintain small to moderate fires.
3. 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.
4. Never leave the room with both the glass and screen doors open.
5. Upon retiring for the evening or leaving the room for an extended period the glass doors can be closed to reduce heat loss up the chimney and to insure maximum spark protection.  Before closing the glass doors ensure that the fire is under control and of a moderate size or smaller.
6. Once the fire is completely extinguished, close the fireplace flue/damper to further minimize heat loss up the chimney.

Fire Extinguishers

All Bennington Properties vacation rentals are equipped with a fire extinguisher located under the kitchen sink.

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