Barbecues and Memorial Day go together like ketchup and relish on a bun and love of family and friends. Imagine, your favorite people gathered near, and the delicious taste of a kosher dog dripping with your favorite dressing (mustard for me, please). You’re about to take a bite and out of the corner of your eye you see the most unsavory of events about to unfold. Pause. Let’s rewind to the week prior, when that imagined scenario never occurs because you took these precautionary measures.

 SOUDA BAY, Greece Sailors open an American flag before a Naval Support Activity Souda Bay Memorial Day event. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)

SOUDA BAY, Greece Sailors open an American flag before a Naval Support Activity Souda Bay Memorial Day event. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)

AXIS Office

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, 2017. Celebration will begin the Friday prior and continue throughout the holiday weekend. The AXIS office will be closed on Monday and resume normal business hours on Tuesday.

Should you have an emergency, such as a fire, call 9-1-1 first. Then use your Tenant Portal to contact your property manager or call or email AXIS. 602.614.5590

Reminder: Renting a house is similar to owning a house; the responsibility is on the Tenant to be safe and take appropriate preventative measures. Many renters become comfortable and do not remember lease agreement which they signed. Be sure you understand the terms of the lease. Should misfortune happen, the Tenant will be asked to provide a statement of what occurred supported with pictures and/or video. Any costs that result from damages to the property and the Tenant is found to be at fault, will be added to the Tenant ledger and due immediately. The unexpected financial burden can hurt in more ways than one.

The Team at AXIS wants our Tenants to be prepared, take preventative action, and then relax and have a safe and most fun Memorial Day.

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Grilling and Fire Pits

DO NOT USE GRILLS INDOORS. Some people want to avoid HOA rules at townhouse and condo communities. They think that even a small grill would be okay to use indoors. In fact, this is not the case. Along with a fire hazard, there is carbon monoxide build up which can be lethal. Do not do this. 

Keep grills and pits at least 10 feet away from the house and away from decorations or outdoor furnishings. While adding beauty and comfort to an outdoor space, today’s materials are synthetic and highly combustible; they burn fast and hot providing more fuel to a fire and making this tip even more important to follow.

Clean grills and pits well and check for gas leaks before igniting. Brush off any leaves, cobwebs, and other debris. Always keep gas grills open when igniting them. A closed grill traps the gas. When you light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.  Keep a spray bottle of water within reach and a fire extinguisher a few steps away. Be sure you designate three responsible adults to take action in the event of a fire: one to know how to use the fire extinguisher, another to direct friends and family away from the fire, and third to call the fire department or 9-1-1.

Grilling Fire pit


In southern Arizona, May can be hot and a pool quite alluring. The water’s sparkle, the smooth feeling it produces gliding across the skin, it all seems a dream until someone gets hurt. Even if you don’t have a pool, your destination might. Adults and children need to properly equip their response arsenal.

Prevention is key. Review pool safety and behavior expectations with your children. Floating toys are not flotation devices.

Do not leave children unattended. It can be easy to relax and let go with so many other people around. Should you want to relax, designate a responsible person to be in charge for the time you wish to relax. Always state where you are going, how long you will be away, and leave your number for calls and/ or texts to reach you in the event there is an emergency.

Designate (or ask who is designated) three adults to remain sober and be able to respond in the unfortunate event that a person should drown: one strong swimmer to dive in and retrieve the person, one to keep the area free of bystanders, and one to call 9-1-1



Check tire pressure, oil level, and gasoline before any long trip.

Be sure to allot an extra 30 minutes to an hour for travel time due to heavy traffic. Being in a rush only adds to the likelihood of being in a collision due to more stress on the brain and body.

Pull over to use your cell phone, text, set or check the map. Your life is not worth the short time it takes to be safe. Most likely, a poor habit is already formed and people do not think twice about being on the phone. Be sure to designate someone in the car to assist you should you choose not to pull over.

Memorial Day traffic pasttime

Memorial Day travel; American past-time.


Did you know scorpions can survive up to nine months without food? Holiday weekends mean lots of bare feet and skin. Be sure to clear away piles of things inside and outside the house. Scorpions like to hide in cool places such as sandboxes and under plastic lids to bins. Rake sandboxes and clean out all toy boxes, pool-side storage bins, and any other areas where guests and children will venture. In the event of a bite, call 9-1-1.

For those allergic to bites and stings, be sure to keep an Epi-pen (or equivalent) on hand and know how to administer it.

Arizona Bark Scorpion - likes to hide out in cool places

Arizona Bark Scorpion – likes to hide out in cool places


Make sure extra clean fresh water easily accessible for Fido and Frisky. For some reason or another, our dearest companions must be left at home while we are out enjoying ourselves. Traffic delays and unexpected events can elongate your return home. Be sure there is a way for animals to relieve themselves.


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In the valley of the sun, the school year is approaching its end and the children are ready to excitedly cheer “No more pencils, no more books! No more teachers’ dirty looks!” and throw rules right out the window. With Memorial Day, a weekend full of sunshine and American fanfare, on its heels, please keep in mind these few tips and tricks to allow for safe and uninterrupted festivities.

May your Memorial Day be relaxing and free!