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Tips to Keep Your Pool Accident Free August 5, 2019

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Swimming pools are one of the best sources of enjoyable backyard activities. Pools are fun, therapeutic and a great way to cool off during the intense months of summer; but as with any activity, certain steps must be taken to maintain an accident – free pool environment.

Statistics prove that the danger is real. According to the Insurance Information Institute, every year about 43,000 people are injured in and around swimming pools, more than 600 people drown in home or public pools. Added to the fact that half of pool fatalities occur in the yards of single-family homes, and you can clearly see why ‘safety first’ is the best motto for your own swimming pool.

Thankfully, most pool accidents are completely avoidable by implementing a few simple, common sense precautions:

Never leave small children unsupervised – even for a few seconds

“Contrary to what you might think, children drown silently,” according to John Drengenberg, manager of consumer affairs for Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a not – for – profit safety testing organization. “[In a drowning] there’s not a lot of splashing or crying for help. Every second counts when preventing a drowning accident.”

Never be more than 20 seconds away
According to the Decatur Daily news, drowning usually occurs in less than five minutes, so the supervising adult needs to be able to scan the pool within 10 seconds and reach the pool within 20 seconds. As you can see, when it comes to pool supervision it really isn’t okay to leave the pool unattended, even to get a drink or use the bathroom.

Put fencing around your pool to keep people from using it without your knowledge

This one is pretty self – explanatory. Having a swimming pool is a huge responsibility, and unfortunately a potential liability. But how can protect yourself and others when away from home? Simply limit the use of your pool by controlling access with a fence and/or possibly an alarm system. It might seem like a bit much, but you know what they say… better safe than sorry.

Teach kids about pool filters

Swimming pools contain complicated mechanisms to keep them up and running. The powerful filters that keep your pool clean of debris are also powerful enough to keep a small child from being able to resurface. Teach children to avoid the filter areas when playing ‘dive for the toy’ games, and show them the location of the pool power supply so they could turn off the power (and the powerful filters) in case of an emergency.

Make sure all swimmers actually know how to swim, and that novice swimmers are accompanied by a good swimmer

Play an active role in the supervision of your pool. Don’t just assume that a child or even an adult can swim. Take the extra step and make sure…what might seem like an embarrassing question could actually save a life. The tried and true “buddy system” works well!

Check the pool area regularly for hazards

Anyone that has small children knows how easy it is to trip over a toy and become injured. It’s the same with your pool. Make sure that the area in and around the pool is clear. Be especially mindful when using glass bottles and other glassware in the pool area – glass’s transparent nature means it’s easier for bare feet to find (ouch!) than eyes.

Keep CD players, radios and other electrical devices away from the pool or other wet surfaces

Keep electrical appliances – TVs, radios and disc players, for example – far enough from the water that they can’t possibly fall in. Never operate an electrical appliance when you’re wet. And follow the prescribed maintenance schedules for electronic items like underwater lighting and pool vacuums to prevent an accident or a big shock.

Don’t allow anyone who has been drinking alcohol to use the pool

Common sense, supported by the Mayo Clinic: water sports and alcohol don’t mix. In the United States , alcohol is a factor in about 25 to 50 percent of adolescent and adult deaths from drowning or injuries incurred in the water. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination – all essential for swimming well and avoiding hazards in the water.

Stay out of the pool during rain and lightning storms

Let’s go back to what we learned in elementary school: water conducts electricity.

In other words, you don’t want to be ANYWHERE near a body of water (like a pool!) when lightning strikes. A good rule of thumb is if you see it getting cloudy or hear even distant thunder, go ahead and enjoy an indoor activity until the sky completely clears.

Never dive into an above ground pool and check the water depth before diving into an in-ground pool

And remember, your 4’8″ child has different diving depth requirements than your 6’1″ husband. Know your safety limits.

Don’t swim if you are tired, feeling ill or just finished eating

In a nutshell listen to your body – if you don’t feel completely up to it, don’t swim.

Properly cover the pool when it is out of use, or during the winter months

Depending on the need, a pool cover can serve many purposes. There are pool covers that protect from dirt and debris, covers that protect from the elements and even covers that can prevent children or animals from falling in! If you do have children and/or animals you should seriously consider a mesh safety cover that will prevent anyone from falling into the pool.

And finally… use common sense, and always be careful

Swimming pools are a lot of fun, but always have your eyes peeled and your ears open! Remember that with a little extra thought; most accidents can be avoided.

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Keeping your Pool Accident Free March 9, 2016

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, In ground pool, Pool, pool filter, pool pump, safety.
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Swimming pools are one of the best sources of enjoyable backyard activities. Pools are fun, therapeutic and a great way to cool off during the intense months of summer; but as with any activity, certain steps must be taken to maintain an accident – free pool environment.

Statistics prove that the danger is real. According to the Insurance Information Institute, every year about 43,000 people are injured in and around swimming pools, more than 600 people drown in home or public pools. Added to the fact that half of pool fatalities occur in the yards of single-family homes, and you can clearly see why ‘safety first’ is the best motto for your own swimming pool.

Thankfully, most pool accidents are completely avoidable by implementing a few simple, common sense precautions:

Never leave small children unsupervised – even for a few seconds

“Contrary to what you might think, children drown silently,” according to John Drengenberg, manager of consumer affairs for Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a not – for – profit safety testing organization. “[In a drowning] there’s not a lot of splashing or crying for help. Every second counts when preventing a drowning accident.”

Never be more than 20 seconds away
According to the Decatur Daily news, drowning usually occurs in less than five minutes, so the supervising adult needs to be able to scan the pool within 10 seconds and reach the pool within 20 seconds. As you can see, when it comes to pool supervision it really isn’t okay to leave the pool unattended, even to get a drink or use the bathroom.

Put fencing around your pool to keep people from using it without your knowledge

This one is pretty self – explanatory. Having a swimming pool is a huge responsibility, and unfortunately a potential liability. But how can protect yourself and others when away from home? Simply limit the use of your pool by controlling access with a fence and/or possibly an alarm system. It might seem like a bit much, but you know what they say… better safe than sorry.

Teach kids about pool filters

Swimming pools contain complicated mechanisms to keep them up and running. The powerful filters that keep your pool clean of debris are also powerful enough to keep a small child from being able to resurface. Teach children to avoid the filter areas when playing ‘dive for the toy’ games, and show them the location of the pool power supply so they could turn off the power (and the powerful filters) in case of an emergency.

Make sure all swimmers actually know how to swim, and that novice swimmers are accompanied by a good swimmer

Play an active role in the supervision of your pool. Don’t just assume that a child or even an adult can swim. Take the extra step and make sure…what might seem like an embarrassing question could actually save a life. The tried and true “buddy system” works well!

Check the pool area regularly for hazards

Anyone that has small children knows how easy it is to trip over a toy and become injured. It’s the same with your pool. Make sure that the area in and around the pool is clear. Be especially mindful when using glass bottles and other glassware in the pool area – glass’s transparent nature means it’s easier for bare feet to find (ouch!) than eyes.

Keep CD players, radios and other electrical devices away from the pool or other wet surfaces

Keep electrical appliances – TVs, radios and disc players, for example – far enough from the water that they can’t possibly fall in. Never operate an electrical appliance when you’re wet. And follow the prescribed maintenance schedules for electronic items like underwater lighting and pool vacuums to prevent an accident or a big shock.

Don’t allow anyone who has been drinking alcohol to use the pool

Common sense, supported by the Mayo Clinic: water sports and alcohol don’t mix. In the United States , alcohol is a factor in about 25 to 50 percent of adolescent and adult deaths from drowning or injuries incurred in the water. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination – all essential for swimming well and avoiding hazards in the water.

Stay out of the pool during rain and lightning storms

Let’s go back to what we learned in elementary school: water conducts electricity.

In other words, you don’t want to be ANYWHERE near a body of water (like a pool!) when lightning strikes. A good rule of thumb is if you see it getting cloudy or hear even distant thunder, go ahead and enjoy an indoor activity until the sky completely clears.

Never dive into an above ground pool and check the water depth before diving into an in-ground pool

And remember, your 4’8″ child has different diving depth requirements than your 6’1″ husband. Know your safety limits.

Don’t swim if you are tired, feeling ill or just finished eating

In a nutshell listen to your body – if you don’t feel completely up to it, don’t swim.

Properly cover the pool when it is out of use, or during the winter months

Depending on the need, a pool cover can serve many purposes. There are pool covers that protect from dirt and debris, covers that protect from the elements and even covers that can prevent children or animals from falling in! If you do have children and/or animals you should seriously consider a mesh safety cover that will prevent anyone from falling into the pool.

And finally… use common sense, and always be careful

Swimming pools are a lot of fun, but always have your eyes peeled and your ears open! Remember that with a little extra thought; most accidents can be avoided..

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Helping Your Pool Weather a Storm November 17, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Back yard, In ground pool, Out door living, Patio, safety, safety covers, Shock, winter covers.
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Your pool is an investment. With regular care and maintenance, it’s a source of backyard fun for years to come. But what if you live in an area that faces strong lines of thunderstorms or even hurricane threats? Is there anything you can do to help safeguard your investment? There certainly is. Read more in our Storm FAQs below.


They’re forecasting a hurricane/terrible storms where I live. What, if anything, should I do about my pool?

It’s very important to do what you can before the storm arrives. Start by removing the debris from the pool – anticipate that you may lose power and get anything out the pool that could ‘spoil’ after a few days without the electricity-powered filter.

After removing any debris, don’t forget to chlorinate the pool, ensuring that you circulate the chlorine properly. If you anticipate that the power may be out for a while, consider adding a floating chlorinator to the pool to deliver a low, constant chlorine dose.

If you don’t have ample enclosed outdoor space (like a pool house or shed) you can store some of your pool-related items, including aluminum furniture, in your pool. See below for more specifics on this.

Make sure you turn off any electrical connections to the pool, then cover it. After all… you just got it nice and clean – why leave it wide open for the debris, leaves, sticks and bugs that may be getting tossed around in hurricane-force winds? This is the time that most owners wish they’d purchased a slightly higher quality pool cover — in addition to a cover being sturdier and more reliable, most of the mid- to high-end covers can be properly installed and fastened within 10 minutes—great for situations like this, where time is of the essence.

Remember, doing ‘something’ to protect your pool is always better than doing nothing at all. After making sure that family and loved ones are safe, do the best you can.

Somehow, the power has managed to stay on during this storm. Should I let the filters run?

To avoid potential damage to the filtering system (and to yourself, running out in the middle of a storm!) it’s better to leave the filters turned off until the storm has passed. As long as the pool has been cleaned prior to the storm, the post-storm cleanup shouldn’t be that bad — and even a potentially dirty pool is no reason to put yourself in harm’s way.

What about sinking all the outdoor stuff in the pool? I’ve heard you can do that.

Contrary to popular belief, submerging everything in your pool isn’t always the best advice. Some things CAN be placed in the pool, but it’s best to check with your pool manufacturer to know what’s safe to sink, and what isn’t.

One good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, ‘Would the chlorine damage it?’ before sinking something to the pool floor. The plastic white stacking chairs pass the test (as does your aluminum furniture), while something like a canvas and wood umbrella wouldn’t. If you can’t sink it, make sure to remove it from the outdoor area and bring it inside somewhere – otherwise, you’re chancing a grill or a kid’s toy turning into a dangerous projectile, capable of causing all kinds of damage during heavy winds.

The storm has knocked out our water, too; can we use the pool for drinking water?

It’s definitely okay to use pool water to flush the toilet during an emergency, but most experts agree that pool water isn’t suitable for drinking, cooking, or even shaving. The type of chlorine used in pools just isn’t made for human consumption.

If you’re reading this article, you probably haven’t run out of power or water yet! So take a moment now to either bottle your own water, (which can last up to six months if bottled properly, e.g. tightly sealed, and in light filled spaces) or add bottled water to your grocery list. Having a supply of bottled water on hand in case of any emergency is always a good idea.

The storm is over – What can I do while I’m waiting for the electricity to be turned back on or the professional pool help to arrive?

We’ll give you one guess. You’re right! Get all the junk out of the pool. Use your regular pool cleaning tools to get out any debris that may have entered the pool during the storm.
Don’t forget to clean the filters — a storm produces more debris that usual in your pool… and your filters weren’t really designed for such a major mess. Clean up what you can with a net, and if you have to get in the pool to get debris out, make sure that you wear shoes.

After you’ve cleaned, super-chlorinate the pool and circulate continuously until the water’s color looks close to normal. Keep the water “shocked” until power or help arrives, but don’t let people or pets in the pool while it’s in this state.

3’x3′ vs 5’x5′ Safety Cover strapping November 10, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in In ground pool, Pool, Pool Deck, safety, safety covers, winter covers, Winterizing.
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Q: Please discuss 5′ x 5′ strapping vs. 3′ x 3′ strapping and the proper uses of each?

A: The question you ask refers to the width in the cross grids of strapping. 5′ x 5′ strapping is used on symmetrically even safety covers with reasonably smaller square footages which do not entail too many custom dimensions. This helps keep the cost of safety cover material lower. Once an application grows in square footage and takes on more complicated design, it is necessary to produce the safety cover in a tighter grid, 3′ x 3′ sections, to ensure a proper fit.

For your custom cover we will give you a quote with the appropriate strapping space.
Here is a link to our custom safety cover measuring form . Fill out and fax in to get a free quote. If you prefer the 3’x3′ spacing just mark it on our form.

Why purchase a custom safety cover vs standard September 17, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Back yard, In ground pool, Patio, safety, safety covers.
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Q: We get a great deal of calls at www.pcpools.com where customers have been told using a standard size winter safety cover on a non-standard size swimming pool is okay. What are your thoughts about this practice?

A: Attempting to put a stock safety cover on a custom shaped or sized pool brings several factors into play. The safety cover overlap may not be sufficient in certain areas to maintain the standards, and in other areas, an improperly sized safety cover may overlap too much into grassy areas or flower beds where it cannot be properly anchored.

This practice has been going for some time and especially for consumers with a tight budget. While they may save money up front buying a standard safety cover for a custom type swimming pool is not a good practice. For example if a customer had 16′ x 32′ kidney shaped swimming pool and purchased a standard rectangle safety cover. At first, when installed properly, the safety cover would look great. As soon as the weather of fall and winter sets in the deterioration of the safety cover has already begun. Here’s what happens. The safety cover strapping of an Arctic Armor safety cover is made with a very dense polymer, called strap wear guards, these wear guards are sewn directly into the the bottom of each cover strap to protect the strapping that comes in contact with the pool deck. Without the wear guards lining up properly in relationship to the pool size and surrounding decking, as in our pool’s example, the cover will fail within 3 years. The normal buffeting of the safety cover that occurs on a non-wear guarded cover strap will snap the strap right in half and the safety cover has failed. Continuing along with our pool example, the customer will assume the safety cover comes with a 12 or 15 year warranty so they call the cover manufacturer to inquire about there warranty. They send the safety cover back to the manufacturer for inspection. The factory then lays the failed cover out on the factory floor. Low and behold they see the outline of a kidney shaped swimming pool on standard rectangle safety cover. The safety covers warranty is null and void. Unfortunately, it’s like when an elephant sits on your fence!

Here is a link to our custom safety cover measuring form . Fill out and fax in to get a free quote.

Five Steps guide to installing an above ground pool February 26, 2009

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1. Plan your installation before you begin
Make sure your installation meets all municipal regulations and local codes related to above ground pool installations. Be sure to check the local laws regarding construction and electrical installations, and make sure your pool is installed to conform to all security regulations related to pool fencing and pool covers.  Better above ground pool manufacturers are providing an installation DVD with the purchase of an above ground pool. This is a great way to get an over view of the entire installation process. However, there is no replacement for thoroughly reading the installation instructions to insure that installation goes smoothly.

2. Check for necessary parts
Make sure you have all of the necessary parts and equipment to assemble and install your above ground pool. Check the manufacturers’ parts list against the parts received. If you find irregularities such as missing or defective parts, see your pool dealer for replacement parts. A reputable online pool dealer will have parts available to send out quickly.

3. Remove Sod and any weed growth
You must remove all sod from your pool site to prevent grass from rotting and emitting odors around your pool and to inhibit weeds from growing through your vinyl pool liner. Choose the best firm ground for your pool.  Strongly consider using a pool liner pad like gorilla pad to inhibit weed growth and provide more comfort to you pool floor.

4. Level the Ground
It is very important that the ground surface is firm and solid. The pool area must be free of rocks, roots, or other sharp edged objects. Avoid installing your pool on surfaces that have been treated with oil, weed-killer or chemical products which may affect the vinyl pool liner among other things.  After the ground is level use a sand or finely crushed rock for a base.

The entire pool floor surface must be completely leveled when preparing your site. DO NOT FILL LOWER GROUND AREA. Remove all high spots and level to the lowest point. Do not add any soil to the site. Added soil will generally not provide the strength required to support the weight of the pool. Even if your yard looks level, chances are it is not as almost every yard requires some degree of leveling prior to installing your above ground pool.

5. Assemble your Pool
Once the ground is level, follow the installation instructions provided by the above ground pool manufacture.

Safety is number one when installing a pool, and with these directions, you can get a leg up when it comes to installation.

10 Steps to Get Children Swimming January 5, 2009

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Few activities provide more summertime enjoyment than swimming in a back yard pool. There is no better way to cool down on a hot summer day than a cool dip in a swimming pool. However, we also recognize that playing around any body of water can be dangerous especially for younger non-swimmers. Studies have shown that the earlier in life kids begin the easier it is to teach them to swim. Three to five years of age is the best time to begin swimming lessons. With summer around the corner, PcPools would like to encourage parents to teach their children to swim with these 10 tips.

  1. Take lessons from certified swimming instructors. Do not teach the child yourself. Get lessons at the YMCA or a city pool or community recreation center.
  2. Choose the right teacher. You can rely on most certified swimming instructors to be competent but it never hurts to interview them. Ask them where they were trained, how long they have been teaching and their approach. Try and choose an instructor that best fits their child’s personality. Make sure that all kids above the age of 4 attend a certified swimming class or at least learn basic flotation techniques.
  3. Start Early. The sooner the child starts the more comfortable they will be in an around the water. Many YMCAs and recreational city pools offer parent-tot classes beginning as early as 6 months of age. Individual lessons generally start around age 3.
  4. Make sure the child is well rested. Studies demonstrate that children who are well rested are more apt to learn than if they are tired and stressed. Make sure your child behaves appropriately. What they learn in swimming class may very well save their life.
  5. Expose children to water early. Obviously under strict supervision, expose your child to pools, beaches, lakes and let them enjoy themselves around the water. The more experience they have with water the more comfortable they will become.
  6. Practice swimming year around. Just like everything else, a child’s skill levels drop when they are not doing the activity. Try and find a pool open in the winter to polish their swimming skills they learned. The more they swim the better they become.
  7. Be a good role model. Be a safe swimmer yourself. If parents are fearful or careless around water their children will pick up on those traits. If you are not a strong swimmer yourself, enroll in swimming lessons along side your child.
  8. Explain the benefits of swimming. Tell your child why learning to swim is important. Swimming is good physical exercise, it can be a lifesaver and it is a whole lot of fun.
  9. Be knowledgeable to help with common mistakes. A parent should strive to know enough about swimming to gently point out common mistakes that young swimmers make. You do not want to have bad habits reinforced away from the watchful eye of a swimming instructor.
  10. Reward success. Find a reward system that works for you child when they achieve certain swimming goals.

Learning to swim is never a substitute for watching what your kids are up to in and around the pool and always supervise their pool activities. Never leave them alone around the pool even for one second.

Pool Care Glossary November 11, 2008

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Spa Safety February 21, 2008

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Spa Safety Tips

  • Read and follow all label directions before using chemicals or adding them to your spa water.
  • Always add chemicals to spa water, never water to chemicals.
  • Add each chemical separately.
  • Wait 15 minutes before adding any additional chemicals.
  • Do not combine different chemicals before adding them to the spa water.
  • Accurately measure amounts when adding chemicals. NEVER OVERDOSE! Adding more than the
    recommended amount will most often cause problems, not solve them.
  • Whenever you add chemicals to your spa, let the water circulate for at least 30 minutes
    before use. This lets the chemicals thorouly mix with the water.
  • Keep all chemicals away from your face and never inhale fumes.
  • Never smoke around chemicals.
  • In an emergency involving chemicals, follow label directions. Always keep emergency phone
    numbers handy.
  • Always re-close chemicals tightly after use and store in a cool dry place.
  • Store chemicals according to the manufacturer’s label and keep out of the reach
    of children.
  • All chemicals, if not handled properly, may be dangerous.
  • Maintain proper sanitation levels.
  • Never heat your spa above 104 decrees Fahrenheit.
  • Limit your spa session to 15 minutes.
  • All users should shower without soap before entering the hot tub to remove excess
    deodorant, lotion and body oils.
  • Adult supervision must be present when children are using the spa.
  • Do not consume alcohol while using the spa.
  • If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or other cardiovascular condition, consult a physician before using a spa.