Top Swimming Pool Dangers

There are many swimming pool dangers that homeowners and pool guests should be aware of in order to minimize the risks associated with this popular recreational and exercise activity. When Fun is Dangerous A visit to a family or public swimming pool is a popular summer event, and many warmer regions have open pools throughout the year. Furthermore, pools are common features of hotels, cruise ships, resorts and fitness centers. But while they may be popular, pools can also be dangerous. This overview of the most common swimming pool dangers can help pool guests minimize risks and still have a … [Read more...]

Understanding Swimming Pool Chemicals & Chemistry

A pool's filter system does the heavy lifting in keeping the water clean, but it takes chemistry to do the fine-tuning. It's important to carefully manipulate the chemical balance in pools for several reasons: Dangerous pathogens, such as bacteria, thrive in water. A pool fill ed with untreated water would be a perfect place for disease-carrying microorganisms to move from one person to another. Water with the wrong chemical balance can damage the various parts of the pool. Improperly balanced water can irritate the skin and eyes. Improperly balanced water can get very … [Read more...]

Baquacil: The Best alternative to chlorine

Isn’t it great to take a dip in the pool and release the tensions of the day? Now you can swim without the strong smell and feel of chemicals associated with chlorine pools. By using Baquacil Pool sanitizers, you can experience the natural feeling of swimming pool water without the pool chemical smell and effects of chlorine. I’m sure you have noticed a high chlorine level when swimming in a public or hotel pool. When pool chemicals aren’t monitored or if too much chlorine is used, the levels can become precariously high which can damage your skin, hair, eyes and even your … [Read more...]

Swimming Pool Chemical Hazards

Any parent with kids is concerned about dangerous chemicals in the home. When you have a pool, you are essentially adding 4 to 10 additional chemicals into the household. Several simple rules will go far toward protecting your family -- and you! Minimize the different types of chemicals you store. Our tips about buying 'generically' will help avoid duplication. And, don't buy more than you will consume in a season. Some of the more hazardous pool chemicals don't 'keep' well. Keep wet hands and dirty scoops out of your chemicals. Contamination is often a cause of … [Read more...]

Swimmers hospitalized after being overcome by chemical fumes

It was a 90-degree afternoon, and the Garfield Park pool was packed. David Yates, 13, had just zipped down a slide and splashed into the water when he noticed a bad taste in his mouth — like bleach. At the same time — across a pool that features shallow wading areas, two large water slides and a children’s playhouse — others were making the same discovery. Mayhem ensued. Jamie Rahmany, in the baby pool with her son, noticed kids coughing around her. Patricia Tanner, a mother of three sitting just out of the pool, saw children vomiting. And Shari Patton, a mother with … [Read more...]

Alkalinity and PH in Swimming Pools

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Alkalinity and PH are the two most important measures of a swimming pools makeup. The pH level is likely the most important of the two but if the alkalinity is not balanced first, you will never be able to control your pH. The pH simply tells you how acidic your pool water is, and is measured on a scale of 0-14.  The best range for pH in pools and spas is 7.2-7.6. If the pH and alkalinity are not balanced you will see various problems with your water. For example, scaling, cloudy water and eye irritations are just a few of the problems you might experience. High PH: High PH … [Read more...]

Top 5 Tips on Proper Pool Care

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Pool care can be simple when you have a plan for routine maintenance and use the right products. Our top 5 tips on proper pool care and maintenance will give you a basic understanding of how your pool functions. Follow these for a carefree swimming season. Each Step Each pool tip is very important. Consider each tip as a simple, preventive maintenance step. CIRCULATION Pool water must be circulated for maximum sanitizer effectiveness. The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold. Debris is captured by your filter, too. The best time to … [Read more...]

Swimming Pool Safety Tips & Reminders

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Here are some pool safety reminders to help prevent accidents and to keep your family and friends safe. SUPERVISION Adult supervision is a key element in getting the maximum, safest enjoyment from your pool. Never let children under the age of 14 swim unsupervised in a pool. Constant, vigilant supervision of infants and children is paramount at all times. One individual must assume primary responsibility for supervising the pool and consistently enforcing pool rules. Set pool rules and stick by them. Don't allow running around the pool, which can easily cause slips to occur. … [Read more...]

Pool & Spa Chemical Safety: Best Advice

Handling and use of pool & Spa products: Always read the product label and follow directions carefully. It contains important information on the proper application, handling and storage of the compound you're using. Used correctly, water maintenance products safeguard the health of your entire family. If they're mishandled, they can be hazardous. Always brace liquids so they won't tip while transporting them in your car. Don't allow chemicals to stay in the car for a long period of time. Make the pool store your last stop. Unpack them as soon as you get home. Always wear protective … [Read more...]

Pool and Spa Chemical Storage

Always keep your water maintenance products in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. If standing water is present, action must be taken to provide a dry location for any pool or spa chemicals. Avoid storing in areas that are subject to rain and excessive moisture, freezing temperatures or in direct sunlight. Always keep your pool or spa maintenance products away from other household or garden chemicals and petroleum products such as fertilizers, motor oil, grease or paint. Mixing these common items with some pool products can cause the release of hazardous gasses, fire, or even an … [Read more...]