Friday, May 19, 2017

6 Pool Safety Tips for Summertime Fun

The first step to achieving a summertime experience of epic proportions is to ensure everyone is safe and responsible.

The second the dismissal bell rings and schools across Atlanta release for the Summer, children dash home, throw down their backpacks, and quickly prepare for their favorite summertime activities. Sunscreen is applied in copious amounts, coolers are filled with ice and revitalizing beverages, and beach towels creep forth from the linen closets in which they have been hibernating. Children wear bathing suits as if they are a uniform and tiny wet footprints and joyful squeals are sure signs that Summer break has finally arrived. This is one of my favorite times of the year, with Little Monkey starting swimming lessons in June, I'm thrilled to share with you some pool safety tips!

Summer and pools are almost synonymous with one another because a pool is an exciting and joyful gathering place offering amusement and refreshment during hot summer days. Most people, especially children, feel a calling to the bright blue waters during the unrelenting, sun-scorched Atlanta summer days, but when you take a dip in the pool, do so safely and responsibly. To thoroughly appreciate your time swimming, here are six tips for poolside safety:

  1. Never leave children unattended. This may seem obvious, but little ones should never be left alone in or near a body of water. Adults need to not only be present but also be actively watching the kids as they gallivant through the vicinity. Never turn your back on children in the water and make sure there is enough adult supervision for the number of swimmers present. For example, one adult should not be supervising ten swimming youngsters.
  2. Teach children to swim. Swimming is a valuable life lesson and kids and adults of any age benefit from learning the essentials. Swimmers are more comfortable in the water and they are less likely to have issues with pool safety.

When kids learn to swim they gain a valuable life lesson that they can carry with them for a lifetime.

  1. Apply sunscreen. No one wants to end their time outdoors early because of sunburn or sun poisoning. Use a sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF (15+) every two to two and a half hours to block out the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Keep horseplay to a minimum. Having fun is a summertime essential, but playing too rough can result in catastrophic injuries. Adults should diligently monitor the activity level and keep roughhousing to a minimum. Add beach balls, basketball hoops, and swim toys to the pool for additional entertainment but always read the package instructions to make sure all items are used correctly.
  3. Stay Hydrated. Even though you are submerged while you swim, you still need to maintain a healthy level of hydration. Keep water nearby and make sure you are drinking eight glasses each day.
  4. Know what to do in case of an emergency. Have a plan in case of an emergency and phone numbers handy in case things do not go as expected. Another good idea is to get CPR certification each year or download an application on your phone to guide you through the steps of CPR should the need arise.

Once you understand the basics of pool safety, it will afford you the opportunity to relax because you are prepared in case of an emergency. Another way to make your time in a pool even more enjoyable is if you set up a pool in your backyard. Consider installing an above ground pool in your yard, and your home will quickly become the gathering place for family, friends, and neighbors.


If you are interested in turning your backyard into a place for summer fun, then consult the above-ground-pool experts at Rec Warehouse. Rec Warehouse is a company specializing in the sale of recreational and leisure equipment, such as above ground pools, hot tubs, saunas, pool tables, misting fans, outdoor kitchens, outdoor furniture, and much more. It is one of the largest sellers of pools and spas in the country and the biggest in the Southeast. With three locations throughout the Atlanta metro area, located in Kennesaw, Jonesboro, and Norcross; their selection and convenience are unparalleled. The professional staff at Rec Warehouse has the knowledge and experience to help you find the perfect products to suit almost any of your above-ground-pool desires. They carry an extensive stock of quality brands all at affordable prices.

Rec Warehouse is a family-run business "selling fun for less" since the 1970s. The President and CEO of Rec Warehouse is David Doebler, and he has been in the pool business since he was a young man and was the company’s very first employee. Now, he is a proactive business owner committed to carrying on the family tradition of excellence with his three children, all of whom work for the company. Growing up in a family with such deep roots in the pool and hot tub industry means David has strategically positioned Rec Warehouse as the industry leader with decades of hard-won experience.

Unwind next to the cool waters of your own pool from Rec Warehouse and rest assured knowing your family and guests are safe while swimming by following these simple precautions.

What are you looking forward to this summer?!
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