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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.

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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

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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

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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

7 Perks of Having an Above Ground Swimming Pool

7 Perks of Having an Above Ground Swimming Pool

Having access to any type of pool during the summer is sure to provide your family with a ton of family fun; and as we start the summer season today, we wanted to tell you all about the exciting perks of having your own Doughboy above ground pool!

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1. They’re simple to install, and you don’t need to dig up your lawn!
The construction necessary for an above ground swimming pool is minimal. Unlike an in-ground pool, there is no required digging, just building! But, while digging is not necessary for an above ground pool, it is still an option if you’d prefer to have a deep end in your pool.

 

2. You can customize them more than you can an in ground pool.
Not only can you specify the size, shape, and material of your above ground pool, but since Doughboy pools don’t end up buried in your yard, you can also customize the pool’s exterior walls to perfectly suit your backyard!

 

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3. They’re portable!
Doughboy pride themselves on the portability of their above ground pools. Moving? Take your pool with you! Is the oak tree looking suspiciously older than it was before? Relocate your pool to a safer spot! Though it sounds easy, high quality pools like Doughboy really
shouldn’t be moved because they’ll become the central point of your backyard. And, though they are temporary, the average Doughboy above ground pool will last well over 20 years, and with a lifetime warranty, you can be sure your family will be enjoying your pool for a very long time.

 

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4. It’s an excuse to get a new deck or revamp your landscape!
Above ground pools may be portable, but a quality pool will stay in its original place. You can also choose to build a new deck or patio. Having a deck or patio with an above ground pool is the perfect way to centralize all of your backyard activities like grilling, and relaxing in the hot tub. And, not only could it end up giving you more space in your backyard, it would also make cleaning your pool much easier due to easier access.

5. They’re safer!
For obvious reasons, a small child or pet is far less likely to accidentally fall into an above ground pool than an in ground pool; however, it is important to note that the addition of a deck would increase these risk factors, so it is important to maintain good safety habits around your pool.

6. They require less maintenance and are a lot less expensive
An above ground pool is just as much a pool as one in the ground, except they are far less expensive overall and above ground pool maintenance is much easier. In general, the equipment expenses and liner replacements are DIY-friendly for above ground pools, meaning that unlike an in ground pool, though we still recommend it, you don’t necessarily need a service technician to come in and replace your liners, equipment, and more; you can just do it yourself!

7. They’re just as fun as any other pool.
One thing is for sure: Having an above ground pool is way better than not having an above ground pool. After all, a pool is a pool is a pool, am I right?

 

BioGuard will help your “Summer Lovin'” last you all year!

BioGuard will help your “Summer Lovin'” last you all year!

Who says summer has to end? Enjoy swimming year round!* BioGuard’s SaltScapes™ Saltwater Pool Care System can help you maintain your saltwater swimming pool throughout the summer and all the way through the winter. From algae treatments to pH reducers, you can keep your saltwater swimming pool fresh, clean, and sparkling, even in the cold weather! You can even pick them up at Aqua Quip today! Down below, you can learn more about how each SaltScapes™ Pool Care product can help you keep your pool sparkling all year.

*at your own risk. Do not expose yourself to risk of hypothermia please. Swimming outside in the winter is only recommended if you have a wet suit or a heated pool.


 

Sunshield Stabilizersaltscapes saltwater pool stabilizing cleaner

Did you know the salt cells in your saltwater swimming pool generate unstable chlorine that weakens under UV rays? SaltScapes™ Stabilizing system protects your chlorine, helping it last longer. Just make sure your pool is at a minimum 30ppm when you pour it in, and test your stabilizer monthly.

pH Reducersaltscapes ph reducer for saltwater swimming pools

SaltScapes™ ph Reducer works to protect your saltwater pool’s surface by lowering the pH to it’s ideal range. Safer to use and store than other leading chemicals, all you need to do is pour the bottle into the deep end of your pool while not in use, let it sit for at least two hours, and then you’re good to go!

Cell Cleanersaltscapes cell swimming pool saltwater wall cleaner

Due to the salty levels of your pool, calcium-scale deposits start forming on your pool walls. SaltScapes™ Cell Cleaner will make your pool cleaner and prettier in just 30 minutes.

 

 

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Scale Defender

Use the Scale Defender with the cell cleaner to get great results! The SaltScapes™ Scale Defender binds to the calcium crystals and keeps them from clustering together on your pool’s surface. Use it monthly to get the best results.

Shock Oxidizersaltscapes saltwater swimming pool cleaner

The SaltScapes™ Shock Oxidizer eliminates contaminants like sweat and sunscreen in your pool without creating that stinky chlorine smell. Just one bottle can treat up to 20,000 gallons of saltwater! That’s a lot. For best results, use once a week and pour it into the deep-end while the pump is running in the morning. You’ll be loving your clean, dirt and odor-free swimming pool.

Algae Treatmentsaltscapes-algae-remover

Despite continuously being chlorinated, saltwater pools can still be exposed to blooming algae. The SaltScapes™ Algae Remover is formulated to clean all surfaces and filter types with results in as little as 24 hours. In order to consistently maintain your pool, use the Algae Remover weekly as a preventative product.

SaltScapes™ Test Stripssaltscapes-test-strips

Just like a traditionally chlorinated pool, the water levels in your saltwater pool needs to be tested 2-3 times per week. Since salt and chlorine are independent of each other, SaltScapes™ Test Strips help to ensure correct salt levels to guarantee the best swimmer comfort, protection, and sanitizer efficiency. Then, don’t forget to check with your local BioGuard dealer to schedule a water sample test every 4-6 weeks.

For more information on SaltScapes™ Pool Care system, check out BioGuard’s website, and come visit us at any of our 9 Aqua Quip locations!