Swimming Pool Blog

  • Top 5 Hazards around your swimming pool
    Rob Cox
    When we speak about Pool Safety and Layers of Protection for swimming pools, we primarily focus on drowning prevention of swimmers and access prevention for non-swimmers. We may spend so much time working to prevent tragedy that other dangers around a swimming pool may be ignored. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water - here's a list of 10 things that can otherwise go wrong around a swimming pool.
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 2:15 PM
  • Pool Fence & Gate Maintenance
    Rob Cox
    pool signs and pool fence lawsFor most of us, the selection and installation of a pool fence was done long ago, and we normally don't give the fence a second thought. Let's take a moment to give our pool fences and gates an inspection. Here's a list of things to look for and repair for your most important Layer of Protection.
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 5:39 PM
  • Swimming Pool Alarm Laws and Legislation
    Rob Cox
    cpsc logo small, pool safety lawsMore states are adding new pool and spa safety laws, regulating residential pools, both in ground and above ground. Often the new pool safety laws are the result of tragic local drownings in all types of pools and bodies of water, not just in ground pools. You can count on this trend for new pool safety legislation to continue. And you can count on poolcenter.com to monitor the situation and keep our readers alerted to new proposed legislation and new state and federal residential pool safety requirements.
    Thursday, November 11, 2010 3:19 PM
  • Swimming Babies, Concerned Parents
    Rob Cox
    Before introducing you child to a pool, please make sure your baby is over 6 months old. Before 6 months of age, the fear is that your babies immunitie levels are not high enough to handle the illnesses that can be spread while swimming. The wait should be even longer if you are considering introducing them to a lake or an ocean - around a year or more.
    Friday, October 01, 2010 9:46 AM
  • Backyard Pond Safety
    Rob Cox
    backyard pond safetyBackyard Ponds, Water Gardens, Ornamental Ponds and Fish Ponds. Lovely to look at, relaxing to behold, and dangerous for young non-swimmers. If your backyard contains an open, natural water feature of depth greater than 6 inches, precautions for safety should be addressed.
    Monday, July 26, 2010 2:24 PM
  • Teach your Toddlers How to Swim!
    Rob Cox
    toddlers swimmingWe were having a company pool party recently, and when I asked someone why they weren't doing backflips off the diving board, they replied that they "Don't know how to swim".  I was sad when I heard this, for many reasons. One, he has to carry around baggage full of fear his whole life. Two, he was missing on out on great fun, fitness and family togetherness. Three, he would be unable to help a person struggling in the water, and Four, I suspect that this lacking may pass on to his own children.
    Monday, July 19, 2010 9:45 PM
  • Aboveground Pool Safety
    Rob Cox
    above ground pool safetyAboveground pools - are they safer than inground pools? That is a common statement made by an above ground pool salesman, that because of their height they are harder for small children to get into, and because of their depth, easier to stand up inside of. Most above ground pools do not have deep ends, and although pool depths are getting deeper now, with dealers offering up to 54" depths, the standard may still be considered 48 inches.
    Monday, July 12, 2010 7:43 PM
  • Pool Party Safety Tips
    Rob Cox
    For most people I know, whether spending the holiday weekend at the beach or down by the river, or making a trip to the community pool, or enjoying their own backyard pool, the Independence Day holiday will involve hot days and cool water. Many of our customers have been planning their pool parties for weeks, including "getting the pool ready". If your holiday will be spent near, in or on the water - have a great time, but remember these water safety rules
    Saturday, July 03, 2010 10:44 AM
  • Summer is Here - Time to do a Pool Safety Scan
    Rob Cox
    pool safety scanNow that you've got your swimming pool opened, water restored to a blue hue, pump and filter doing their job on schedule...it's time to take a look at pool safety. Whenever opening a pool, it's a good idea to give a Safety Scan. This is not one of those trademarked terms, just a phrase I use to describe looking at the entire pool area and adjoining areas, for possible, maybe probable, Safety Issues.

    Monday, June 07, 2010 9:33 AM
  • Dog Pool Safety
    Rob Cox
    dogs in the poolSwimming pools can be great exercise for dogs, or your pet turtle. But what pool safety measures should be put in place to protect animals from accidental drowning in pools? The focus of this article is how to keep your pet safe around water. This brings to mind the pet dog, and If you own a cat, this author assumes that keeping him or her out of the pool is easy, however noted that accidents do occur.

    Monday, May 03, 2010 2:16 PM
  • Swimming Pool Safety ~ Who's watching the kids?
    Rob Cox
    no life guard on dutyAs the sign says, "Children under the age of 14 should not use pool without an adult in attendance. Yet many children are left in the pool without proper adult supervision. "Proper" adult supervision should also include the adjectives responsible, dedicated, alert and sober. This should not include siblings, or young babysitters.
    Saturday, April 17, 2010 2:02 PM