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Water Safety Facts You Need to Know

Water Safety Facts You Need to Know

May is National Water Safety Month! The sun has broken free from its wintry prison and summer is making its way around the mountain. Since you’ve already begun to think about re-opening your pool for the summer, now’s the perfect time to study up on Water Safety in order to protect your children from the dangers of the water.

National Water Safety Month

Among unintentional injuries, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. Most of these deaths occur in a backyard pool.

Rising temperatures and drier climates are leading more and more people to purchase backyard pools for their families to enjoy during the hot months, and while pools are a great investment, it is vital to practice good water safety habits around your children to ensure their overall safety and protection.

If we’ve Aqua Quipped your life with a swimming pool, hot tub, or swim spa, take care to read through this whole list and learn as much as you can about Water Safety so you can pass along the knowledge to your friends, family, and neighbors.

Pool entry system

Courtesy of the “Simple Steps Save Lives” Program and apsp.org, here are a few simple steps you can take in order to save lives and prevent water-related accidents:

Stay close, be alert, and watch children in and around the pool

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or hot tub
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • If a child is missing, check the pool or hot tub first
  • Have a phone close by when you or your family is using a pool or hot tub
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors

Learn and practice water safety skills

  • Teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, updating your skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so you can assist in pool emergencies

Beach ball floats on the pool

Have appropriate equipment for your pool or hot tub

  • Install a fence around your pool or hot tub with self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your hot tub
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water

fenced-in above ground pool for maximized safety

At Aqua Quip, you can find everything you need to ensure a safe backyard environment for your kids. Whether it’s fences, gates, stairs, or auto-locks, we’ll take care of the set up while you can rest easy knowing your child is safe; however, while having the necessary equipment can be noticeably helpful, there are always other ways to sneak past. Always keep an eye on your kids when they’re outside near the pool no matter what. Drowning can happen in 10 seconds. Don’t let it happen to your kids.

If you’re in need of a fence or gate for your pool, please contact us at sales@aquaquip.com and we’ll get you set up with the proper safety equipment.

For more Water Safety tips or information about National Water Safety month, visit nationalwatersafetymonth.org/Consumers/Safety-Tips

How Hot Tubs Can Ease Your Arthritis Pain

How Hot Tubs Can Ease Your Arthritis Pain

Have your joints stopped moving as smoothly as they used to? Creaky joints are inconvenient and frustrating. Put that WD-40 down and relax in a hot tub instead.

Hot water and strong jets provide optimal relief for your whole body. One, thirty-minute soak in a hot tub can substantially reduce the tension in your bad knees, achy elbows, and cracking fingers and toes.

Hot water benefits your health and well-being

Warm temperatures release everyday tension in your muscles, and while you’re in a hot tub you’ll have an easier time regaining comfortable movement in your sore limbs. The buoyancy of the water allows for greater movement, and hot water relaxes your muscles to ensure an easier time with therapeutic exercises. Not only will your time in a hot tub help your muscles relax, but it will help put your mind at ease. Arthritis is just as painful as it is frustrating, so let your hot tub massage your aching body and soothe your stresses.

In-water exercises help to ease your pain

Arthritis might prevent you from exercising the way you want to on land, but since water dilutes Earth’s gravity a bit, doing small exercises in the hot tub could help significantly reduce your arthritic pain. Now that you can freely move your aching arms, legs, hands, and feet, small movements that help stretch and strengthen your body will be much easier. Here are a couple of suggested exercises that you can try in the hot tub to help ease your arthritic pain:

  • Extend your fingers to stretch, then gradually curl your hand into a fist. Repeat this motion slowly to get the blood flowing in your hands
  • While sitting, raise your feet one at a time, extending your knees to get your muscles moving
  • Allow the hot water to relax your body and slowly extend your arms to relieve any tension in your elbows. Bring your hands back in towards your chest and repeat this motion gradually.
  • Slowly trace the alphabet with your feet to loosen the muscles in your ankles

Do these exercises gradually, and limit each movement to 5-15 times; you don’t want to over-extend your body or risk injury. But don’t take it from us; we sell hot tubs, not prescriptions. Speak with your physician before doing any exercises on your own.

Other Considerations

  • Talk to your physician before any kind of physical exercise
  • Limit your hot tub time to less than 30 minutes
  • Sitting and breathing in high heat can make you dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your time in a hot tub.
  • For hot tub exercises, keep the water temperature below 100 degrees to avoid overheating your body

 

Don’t have a hot tub? Check out our selection here for your first step in soothing your arthritic pain: www.aquaquip.com/hottubs