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Home Pool Safety

In order to maintain safety at your home swimming pool, all parents must have these essential items to keep young ones safe: a fence and an alarm. Having a fence around your pool is a good way to ensure that your children or other loved ones cannot access the pool when you are not around. Kids can and will find their way to the water if left unattended and the consequences can be deadly. The easiest way to ensure safety is with a pool fence and alarm.

 

Small children are attracted to water and have no sense of fear. They may have a false sense of security after being in the pool with an adult. A fence will be able to deny access to your pool, while an alarm will be able to warn you of anyone getting into or falling into the water. If you do not have at least one of these two things available around your pool, then you are leaving your home swimming pool safety in the hands of chance. With both of these items, you can have peace of mind knowing that your pool and family are protected.

 

There are many companies that install pool fences in the South Florida area.  These companies will know exactly how to install your fence so that you do not have to, while they are also able to make any necessary modifications to ensure that your pool is safe and enjoyable. Pool alarms can be purchased and pool supply stores as well as online. Be sure to try out the alarm product to make sure it is working properly and is loud enough to be heard from inside the house.

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Fun Ideas For Kids Pool Parties

Are you looking for fun ideas for kid’s pool parties? Today’s kids just love to swim and so you will have a great time with a pool party. The theme can be something you have already done or you can come up with something new, but either way you will have lots of fun. Here are some fun ideas for pool parties:

 

The first thing you need to do is to get some swimming pool toys. You can find swimming pool toys at any store that has children’s toys. You can even find toys at garage sales and flea markets. You can also look online to find toys that you can buy in bulk. You can also find swimming pool floats, pool noodles, towels and more at your local pool supplies store.

 

Music is always a great idea for pool party games. Finding music for pool parties is relatively easy with the Internet. All you have to do is search for “music for pool parties” and you will find literally thousands of results. Stream the music in the pool area for everyone to enjoy. Whatever you choose, make sure you have some fun music that kids will enjoy and is age-appropriate.

 

Games such as Marco Polo, volleyball and basketball are big hits for parties. Kids will pretty much dictate the fun if you provide them with a ball and a net. Younger kids may enjoy diving for toys and playing on floats and making their own games up.

 

Last but not least, make sure you have plenty of snacks! Swimming always makes kids hungry. Great snacks for poolside include fruits and veggies, mini sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and of course ice pops! Whatever you provide, kids are sure to enjoy.

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Can Swimming Make You Stronger?

There are many different reasons that swimming can help you build more muscle and burn more calories. First, you will find that when you swim you are engaging a large group of muscles all working together. Therefore, when your heart pumps harder through your body, this helps to stimulate the development of more muscles in your arms, chest, and legs. This is a good way for your heart to develop stronger and will help it work better. As you continue to swim, you will also be building more muscle because you will be using more of it and your heart is getting stronger as well.

Build muscle & Weight Loss

Swimming also helps to keep your weight down, so you will find that you can lose weight quite easily. This is one reason that even a small dip in weight can make you feel more alive and excited again. You will also find that as your muscle development and weight loss progress, your muscles will become stronger and able to hold more water. This can make you feel as if your body is toned, which is what you want. If you want to build more muscle, you can do so by swimming consistently and frequently.

Cardiovascular health

Finally, swimming can be very beneficial to a person’s cardiovascular health. Many people suffer from high cholesterol counts or even high blood pressure and can benefit from a cardiovascular workout regularly. Although swimming may not have the same impact on your health as other forms of cardiovascular workouts, it can still make you healthier. It will help to strengthen your heart and lung muscles while burning calories at the same time. You can also benefit from muscle building as well because muscle helps to support your cardiovascular system.

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Pool Fences Save Lives

Florida takes pool safety seriously and anyone considering the installation of a pool should know they’ll be required to install measures that meet specific safety standards to prevent drowning. Those methods are more than a regulation – they’re an effective way to save lives.

Whenever people are spending more time at home, there will be more pool usage and that increases the risk of drowning. The previous year is an excellent example of that. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread and initiated lockdowns and quarantines, pool usage rose. The death toll in 2020 increased by 70 percent over the previous year according to the non-profit organization Water Smart Tots.

Drowning is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1-4. Toddlers are masters of quick disappearances and it only takes a few seconds for a child to drown if they can access a swimming pool. They’re naturally curious and some pool covers aren’t designed to prevent a child from falling through into the water. Pools are also a safety risk for seniors and those with disabilities.

Florida defines a pool as any structure that’s 24 in. deep and requires that pools install at least one safety feature. That can be a fence that meets specific regulations, a pool cover that adheres to standards established by the American Society of Testing and Materials, a self-locking gate that accesses the pool, or an exit alarm for every door and window from which the pool can be accessed.

A fence is the best option to save lives. Those that choose a fence have a myriad of options from which to choose. A pool fence can be installed to create a barrier so that curious toddlers can be safe. Pool fences offer peace of mind to parents with small children and pets. 

It only takes a moment for a child to drown in a pool. Elderly adults and those with a disability are also at risk, even if they know how to swim. Safety measures encompass multiple methods and there’s a solution to accommodate every budget.

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Pool Heaters Make Swimming an All Year Activity

Even in South Florida, there are times when the water in pools can be too cold to swim in comfortably. The solution is a pool heater. The only question will be what type to use. Individuals can choose from electric heat pumps, a gas model, or an environmentally-friendly solar option. Each will heat swimming pool water to temperatures that enable people to use their pool year-round for health, fitness and recreation.

More Family and Friends Time

When it’s possible to throw a pool party with 80-degree water temperatures, even in December and January, it’s a natural invitation to find creative ways to share. A warm pool provides an attractive venue for holiday parties and ways to spend time with children home from college during winter break. A heated pool means you can also swim at night, even when temperatures fluctuate.

Health and Fitness

A heated pool is especially beneficial for anyone with bone and joint conditions. Water buoys the body and reduces the force of gravity, thereby making movement easier and less painful. It’s also an excellent form of low-impact aerobic exercise that utilizes all the muscles in the body. There’s no need to go anywhere for water therapies with a heated pool in the backyard.

Enhances Value

A pool heater is an easy way to enhance the value of properties and increase the ROI on the pool. There’s no need to close and cover the pool in the autumn with a pool heater.

Consult with Professionals

There are exact calculations that will need to be performed to ensure the right size heater for the volume of pool water. An experienced pool professional will be able to make those calculations that will be specific to the type of pool heater to be installed. The experts can also provide information on the different types of heaters and recommend the one that will best fit the needs of the individual.

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Pets in Pools? Pros and Cons

Many individuals share their pool time with their canine companions. A great many dog breeds enjoy the water and there are benefits and disadvantages when allowing dogs in the pool environment.

Exercise

Swimming is a low impact aerobic exercise that can be as beneficial for dogs as it is for their human companions. Younger and high energy dogs can burn a lot of energy through swimming. The buoyancy of water supports movement for older dogs and those with joint conditions. When attended by a human, the pool can be therapeutic for canines recovering from injuries and surgery.

Pool Chemicals

Chlorine and other pool chemicals can result in watery eyes or a burning nose in dogs. It can dry out their coat and adversely affect their skin. Dogs should be rinsed off with warm water after getting out of the pool. Swimming also increases the potential of dogs developing an ear infection.

Pool owners should also know that dogs can bring more debris into the pool than humans, especially long-haired breeds. Loose hair will come off in the pool and that will have an impact on filtration systems.

Damage to Liners

Dogs have sharp nails that can damage pool liners and pool toys. Even trimmed, well-groomed nails can be injurious to swimmers due to the way that dogs paddle to stay afloat.

Dog Safety

Unlike people, a dog won’t automatically know how to exit the pool and it requires training to teach them where the exit is located. A pool that’s not equipped with steps or a shelf-type entry will be a death trap for dogs. They won’t be able to climb a ladder and will simply swim until they’re exhausted.

Any dog that enters the water should be wearing a canine life jacket. The same safety measures should be taken for dogs as for small children. Never leave dogs unattended in or near a pool and ensure they can’t gain access to the pool through safety fencing. Don’t use a floating pool cover. Children, dogs, and other pets don’t understand that it’s not a solid surface and can easily become trapped under a floating cover.

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Great Additions to Your Pool Party

A pool party is always a fun time for everyone, but coming up with ideas for themes, snacks, entertainment, and activities can be a challenge. Family, friends and co-workers are good sources of ideas, along with online searches. For those that want a truly memorable event, the following are some ideas to enhance any pool party.

Inflatables

Kids and adults of all ages love inflatables whether it’s a water slide or bounce house. Water slides can be rented that deposit party-goers directly into the pool for an extra splash of fun and stand-alone versions with wading pools are offered for younger children.

Glow Sticks

A great idea for evening parties, glow sticks are handy little items that can be activated and tossed into the pool for a party vibe. Glow sticks are available in straight, bendable, and fiber optic wand styles. They’re offered as jewelry and make excellent decorations that can be placed throughout the pool environment and given to guests.

Floating Laser Lights

Create a sensation with floating, color-changing solar-powered laser lights. The eco-friendly lights float on the surface of the water for a unique, futuristic lighting experience. Submersible options are also available that rest on the bottom of the pool.

LED Balloons

These will fascinate and enchant kids and adults alike. The helium balloons light up as they float and shimmer in the air for a magical touch. Light up strings are available that come with on/off switches. They’re battery operated, making them ideal for decorations, party gifts, and for playing pool games.

Light Up Beach Balls

They’re great for pool parties and will keep kids and adults occupied for hours. The LED beach balls can be floated on the surface of the pool as decorations and they can be used to play games like a regular beach ball. A convenient remote enables color changes to the lights.

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Why are Swimming Pools Mostly Blue?

Swimming pools that are blue provide a tropical aesthetic and blue pool liners have been popular for decades for that reason. However, pool water with white or liners of other colors also appears blue. There’s a simple explanation rooted in science.

The molecules in pool water absorb light from the red end of the spectrum when touched by sunlight. The light that’s reflected from the bottom of the pool is filtered out by the water and loses much of the red light that was absorbed so it has a blue hue when viewed from above. The richness of the color will vary depending upon the depth of the water in the pool.

At one time, basic blue liners were used to help enhance the crisp, blue aesthetic. It’s a bit of pool psychology that’s highly effective. Today, you have dozens of colors and materials from which to choose that can add new and exciting dimensions to your pool – and the water will still look blue. There are also a myriad of textures that can add extra shimmer to the appearance of your pool.

With the technology available today, you can recreate the colors of locations from around the world. The methods provide a wealth of options for color coordination with your surroundings. The size and depth of the pool and your personal preferences, along with the pool’s positioning in relation to the sun, will have an impact on the color you choose.

There are other colors that you may see in your pool that should be concerning. Brown and green may be an indication that you have algae growth. For those that desire the beautiful blue of a summer oasis, it’s essential that the appropriate chemicals are added, in the right amount, and at the correct time to keep the blue aesthetic alive and well.

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Great Summer Reads for Poolside

Relaxing by the pool with a good book is one of the benefits of having a pool. While some people choose to catch up on classic works from every age, others prefer something lighter, shorter, or stories that will immerse them in another world. The following are just some of the books that have won popularity for reading by the pool, in no particular order.

“Beach Read” by Emily Henry – The only thing a romance writer and a literary fiction writer have in common is writer’s block, no money, and living in the same neighborhood. Until they strike a fateful deal.

“Craigslist Confessionals: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers” by Helena Dea Bala – The author ran an ad on Craigslist inviting people to share their secrets. Everyone has a story to tell and respondents tell all in the book.

“Oona Out of Order” by Margarita Montimore – Oona turns 19 and finds herself living in her 51-year-old body at the stroke of midnight. A stranger in her home discloses that she’s destined to live her life out of order and will jump to another point in her life on each birthday.

“Parakeet” by Marie-Helene Bertino – A bride-to-be is visited by her dead grandmother in the form of a parakeet. The bird directs the bride on a discovery of self, an exploration of matters long buried, and the path to true love.

“The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead – Based on the real life reform school in the Jim Crow South of the 1960s, Nickel Academy is an eye-opening look at the horrors that occurred there and they’re not always easy to digest.

“The Secret Women” by Sheila Williams – Three different women have recently lost their mothers and meet at a yoga class. As each go through their mother’s belongings, they discover secrets about the women that raised them and come to a better understanding of themselves.

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Creating a Pool Oasis

A swimming pool is a place for relaxing, washing away the cares of the day, and spending time with family and friends. The ambiance of the pool environment should reflect the feel of an oasis. There are multiple ways to accomplish that and the following are just some of the ways pool owners can enhance the overall pool experience for themselves and guests.

Greenery

Nothing says oasis like the lush beauty of plants around the pool. Foliage has the ability to change the entire look of the pool area and make it a place where guests want to linger. It can include potted plants and beds, along with a variety of palm tree species planted directly in the ground – but not so close that the roots will damage the pool or debris will find its way into the water. Plants also provide an added level of privacy.

Water Features

Excluding the sound of splashing in the pool, the sound of water has a calming and relaxing effect on the psyche. The installation of fountains and waterfalls are often overlooked when planning a pool environment. A mini island in the middle of the pool is also an option that adds a distinctive touch.

Lighting

Lighting has become an essential element for pools. The right illumination choices can dramatically change the way the pool is perceived. LED lights offer a myriad of options that are less expensive to operate than traditional bulbs and they’re eco-friendly. Lighting can be installed to give the impression of a hidden underground grotto, gently moving tides, or any other inviting effect.

Create a Fantasy

Each person has their own vision of how their personal pool oasis should appear. Some want a highly landscaped and manicured look, while others prefer a wilder, more natural appearance. There are no set rules about what an oasis should look like. Creating a fantasy pool oasis of their dreams will be a different vision for everyone.

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