Gated communities come with comforts, security, rules regulations, and of course restrictions too. Not all residents have access to certain areas. Some areas can be accessed only by the management committee, security, and maintenance staff.
Having said so, kids certainly should be kept out of these areas for their safety as well as to ensure the operations of the society are uninterrupted.
In this article, we bring out the common restricted areas in societies and why children and residents should seldom enter.
Mechanical and electrical closets
Mechanical closets hold the air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems of the whole society and are located in the common area. The controls are sensitive and power several appliances in the building.
Electrical closets also function similarly. They house the entire power supply to the building and the community’s power connections are managed here. Since the controls are very sensitive and even one wrong move can cause a power outage. Only electricians have access to the electrical closets.
Both mechanical and electrical closets are locked. Nevertheless, remember reminding children to not play near these closets or shooing them away when they are too close to these closets will not hurt.
The communication duct
All the communication-related cables including the broadband, internet, and telecom cables, and their wirings are kept here, and meddling with them will cause great inconvenience for the entire society. Hence, keeping kids away from this duct is important for continued internet services and communications.
It is now mandatory that societies have Sewage Treatment Plants installed on their premises. An STP processes the wastewater and the recycled water can be used for gardening purposes.
Since STPs carry toxic waste, residents, especially children should be kept away from that area since the waste can cause health hazards.
Water tanks and pumping stations
Water tanks and their pumping stations are out-of-bounds to not only children but to adults alike. The pipes that push water can sometimes be fragile and can break when colliding with them while playing or moving around. Only plumbers know how to handle these pipes.
Also, the water moves with such force inside these pipes that if a pipe bursts, the gushing water that comes out can cause grievous injuries if it comes in contact with skin. Additionally, if any damages are caused, it will hamper the water supply to the entire community.
Lift maintenance room
Lift malfunctioning while you are stuck inside one can be nightmarish and no resident should go through that (well, power cuts are unavoidable and that is why we have generators!).
If children fiddle with it, it will cause the lift to malfunction and cause great inconvenience to other residents. To avoid such mishaps, children should be strictly prohibited from entering the lift maintenance room.
Gas cylinder storage area
If a society has such an area, then they must ensure that no one enters the area except for security. Even accidental gas leaks are risky and God forbid, if there is a spark, it can cause great damage to the society.
It is best to store cylinders in the open and prohibit children from coming near to these cylinders for obvious safety reasons.
Every society has a garbage collection area and the entire society’s dry, wet, and medical wastes are dumped here. For health and safety reasons, children should be forewarned and prohibited from playing near the garbage collection area.
Most societies restrict residents from accessing the terrace and the keys remain with either security or the management. Playing on the terrace may lead to accidents and for this very reason, children should be kept away from this area.
Break and storage rooms
A Break room is the only place where the staff take some rest and have their meal in peace. Causing disturbance over there while they rest and relax is unacceptable. To ensure that the maintenance staff are well-rested, children must not be allowed inside break rooms.
Likewise, storage rooms have chemical-laden cleaning agents, acids, cleaning, mowing, and other expensive equipment. It is best to prohibit children from playing in these or near these rooms.
Before you move into a new society, check with all the rules and regulations, restricted areas, and general guidelines. Move-in only after considering everything. Also, constantly remind children not to enter the restricted areas for safety reasons.
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