Swimming Pool Blog

  • Swimming Pool Safety: Creating Layers of Protection
     As a responsible swimming pool owner you will want to evaluate the safety of your home and swimming pool, introduce multiple layers of protection, and continually make sure the safety barriers you have implemented are in proper working condition.  Swimming pool safety should not prevent you from having a good time but take note that most pool related accidents can be avoided with the proper layers of protection.
    Friday, November 11, 2011 12:37 PM
  • Fall Swimming Pool Safety Checklist
    Time to do a pool safety scan! Whether or not you close your pool for the winter, or enjoy that blue water all year 'round, taking some time twice per year to inspect your pool for pool safety concerns makes good sense. Think of it like checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, important details that can be forgotten easily.
    Monday, September 26, 2011 2:45 PM
  • Dual Fences around swimming pools make safety sense!
    Your backyard oasis may not lend itself so cleanly as this pool to a secondary internal fence, but do give it some thought. Even a partial fence, limiting access to the pool from other parts of the yard, can bring greater security to wandering children. Retaining walls, hedges, and structures can break up the appearance of a continuous fence, while bringing much the same benefit.
    Wednesday, August 31, 2011 6:57 PM
  • Momma, Don't let your Babies grow-up to be Non-Swimmers!
    With babies and toddlers, learning to swim is not a 3 week course. First comes acclimation and enjoyment. Safety and Security for the child (and parent). After that, specific skills of floating, kicking and jumping will get you closer to actually learning to swim.
    Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:18 PM
  • Pool Safety: Barriers for Swimming Pools
    Rob Cox

    How accessible is your swimming pool? Are your gates self-closing and self-latching? Looks like the gate in the picture to the left is not. This small wood fence shown is also rather climbable, and may not meet code in many jurisdictions. One of the best Layers of Protection around your pool is a good barrier. Barriers can be a fence, with visibility through the fence to the pool, from the house.
    Saturday, July 16, 2011 3:44 PM

  • It's never too late to Learn to Swim
    Rob Cox
    Millions of Americans - by some estimates over 30 Million adults, cannot swim. Many of these non-swimmers were raised by non-swimming parents who passed on their fears or ignorance to their children. Some had a near drowning experience, and since that time, kept a safe distance from the water. For many, economic disadvantage prevented them from enjoying the sport of swimming.
    Thursday, July 07, 2011 4:53 PM
  • How to teach your kids to swim
    Rob Cox
    With early swimmers, comfort in the water is the main goal. We don't try to learn to swim specific strokes at this stage. The most important thing at this stage is swimmer comfort. Fear is a natural reaction to a large body of water, pay attention to signs that your young swimmer is fearful. If so, pull back a bit, sit on the edge and kick for a few minutes. Don't rush things,
    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 6:36 AM
  • Is your pool main drain unsafe?
    Rob Cox
    Entrapment injuries in pools and spas have become a hot topic in the last few years. With the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act in 2007, commercial pool operators were forced to upgrade their pool and spa drains. Single main drains can be hazardous when connected to a large pump. Many drownings, injuries and even bowel evisceration have occured in hundreds of cases in the U.S. in the last 10 years.
    Friday, May 20, 2011 8:24 AM
  • Organize a Pool Safety event in your neighborhood
    pool safety monthPlan your own pool safety event fair. Partner up! Promote the event. 5 steps to planning your own water safety events to promote pool safety and swim instruction
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 3:58 PM
  • Portable Swimming Pool Safety
    Rob Cox
    Because of the low height of portable pools, the ease of access, and an attitude that it's a safer pool, nearly 10% of child drownings in the US during 2010 occured in "Easy-Set" style Intex pools. If you are considering one of these pool types, or if you already own one, make sure to follow the guidelines above, to prevent another tragedy from occuring in your own backyard.

    Monday, March 07, 2011 8:38 AM
  • Swimming Pool Alarms: Layers of Protection
    Rob Cox
    Swimming pool alarms save lives. More and more communities are adopting this attitude and requiring pool alarms to be installed on swimming pools, in addition to laws requiring proper pool fencing and other Layers of Protection. Layers of Protection around your swimming pool can include. Types of Swimming Pool Alarms can include.
    Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:24 PM