Hurricane season takes place June 1 through November 30.
There are many myths regarding throwing outdoor furniture inside pools and even draining a swimming pool before a hurricane. Both of these actions can be dangerous and detrimental to a swimming pool. Below are some tips from FSPA to help you become better prepared for a storm.
- Do not drain your pool before a storm. Keeping sufficient water levels in your pool provides the important weight to hold sides and bottom in place.
- Before and after the storm it is recommended to super chlorinate pool water.
- It is important that all electric power be turned off at the circuit breakers before a storm hits. Any exposed electrical equipment such as motors for the pumps should be tightly covered with plastic wrap. If flooding is expected, disconnect and remove.
- Storms can cause ripped lanai screens which can be expensive to replace. This can possibly be avoided if you provide a “vent” for wind to escape through. Screen panels may be removed on either side of the pool area.
- Remove any loose objects such as chairs, tables, pool equipment and even toys. These items can become weapons in high wind storms. Do not throw your furniture in the pool, or anything else for that matter. If you cannot store items inside a building, carefully place items in the pool, this is not recommended.
- After the storm use a “pool rake” or other net/skimming device to remove small debris from inside the pool. Do not use your regular pool vacuum equipment or pool pumps as they are likely to clog the plumbing.
- Before touching any electrical equipment after the storm, be sure that everything is dry. Check circuit breakers to be sure they are off before attempting to reconnect electrical equipment such as pump motors. Inspect wiring for proper connections. If electric motors have been exposed to water, they should be checked by a professional.
- Be sure clocks, timers, etc. have been properly reset and balance the water chemistry. Keep a close eye on your operating systems for a few days to ensure everything is in working order.
For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane, click here!
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention reminds you to enjoy the outdoors safely. They have named the Friday before Memorial Day “Don’t Fry Day.”
What You Can Do to Be Safe in the Sun:
- Do Not Burn
Overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
- Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
Ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, use a sunless self--tanning product instead.
- Cover Up
Wear protective clothing, such as a long--sleeved shirt, pants, a wide--brimmed hat, and sunglasses,where possible.
- Seek Shade/Use Umbrellas
Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Generously Apply Sunscreen
Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 that provides broad--spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
- Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand
Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
- Check the UV Index
The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, you can find the UV Index for your area online at: www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html
- Get Vitamin D Safely
Get vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun or indoor tanning.
Aquatic Pool Systems LLC
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School is almost out which means your pool will be busy! Make your pool the place to be this summer with great pool parties.
End of School: Keep that excitement going on the last day of school by having an end of school pool party! Let the kids be with their school friends just a little bit longer before summer family plans start.
Birthday: Summer birthday parties at the pool are a great way for friends to catch up and make more summer plans to hang out.
Fourth of July: Reunite your kids with their school friends in the middle of summer! BBQ, hot dogs, popsicles, and fireworks are destined to make this pool party a blast.
Have more pool party ideas for the summer? Share them with us! You can also see more pool party ideas on our Pinterest!
*Pool parties should ALWAYS be supervised by an adult!
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All you have to do is Google “customer service memes” and you will see, dare I say, a truer side of the way today’s society views the idea. Granted, a meme by its definition is “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc.” However, we all know there is always a little truth behind irony and satire. Most, if not all, of us have experienced this in our day-to-day lives, such as calls to the cable provider, insurance company, or any office operated by the government. What has happened to the lost art of customer service? Continue reading