Safety

Pool Safety Tips

Pool Safety Tips You Need to Know

Did you recently install a Memphis pool or spa in your home and want to know what security precautions you need to take?

Have you heard a lot about safety measures that need to be taken to make sure everybody has fun in the pool but in a safe manner?

Spas and swimming pools are a great place for having some great family fun. However, it is important to make sure that everybody is safe. To ensure the safety of everyone , it is important to take the following safety steps when inside or near water:

1. Don’t leave children unattended near or in water

It is important to keep a watch on children when they are near or in water. Leaving them unattended is one of the biggest mistakes. You can keep a check on children yourself or can designate someone as an official water watcher. The only task of this adult should be to watch children in water to keep them safe. They shouldn’t be playing games on their phones, texting or reading. Always have a phone nearby to call someone in case of an emergency. If you find that a child is missing, check the pool first.

2. Teach children to swim

Swimming, besides being a fun activity, is also a life saving skill. Encourage children to learn swimming. Enroll them in swimming lessons. You will find plenty of them in the local circuit.

3. Tell children to stay away from suction outlets and drains

It is important to teach children not to play near suction outlets and drains. Especially when in shallow pools or spas, make sure that there is no missing, loose or broken drain cover. Children’s limbs, hair, bathing suits and jewelry can get stuck in the suction openings or drains. Also make sure that the you know the location of the emergency vacuum shutoff before you get into water.

4. Make sure your pools have a compliant drain cover

Do you know that the drains of pools and spas are so powerful that they can trap an adult? It is very important that all the pools and spas have drain covers that complies with the standards set in the Pool and Spa Safety Act. You can take help from a reputable pool service company in this regards. Having drain covers or gates can be very helpful in avoiding major accidents.

5. Install proper alarms, covers, and barriers around the pool

Having proper barriers, fences and alarms can be lifesaving things in case of emergencies. Make sure there is a barrier at least four feet high around the pool to keep children away from climbing into the pool or falling into it accidentally. Also install a door alarm that rings when someone enters the pool area. Also make sure that the covers of pools and spas are in working condition.

6. Learn how to perform CPR on adults and children

You may face a situation anytime where you have to perform CPR on someone. It is always better to be ready. Learning how to perform CPR can save lives. Classes for CPR are available in many community centers and hospitals.

Safety always comes first when children or adults are in pool having fun. It is therefore important to take care of the safety tips mentioned above to avoid any emergencies.

Read More

Pool Safety Checklist!

A pool is a perfect place to have a great time with the family and friends. It is a place where you can both relax and exercise at the same time. If you are a pool owner, it is your responsibility that the area remains safe and secure for everyone. Maintaining a swimming pool is not just about testing the quality of water. There are a lot of things you should keep in mind to avoid any mishaps and accidents.

Safety must be at the top of the mind when it comes to swimming pools. Here are seven safety lists that can help you in making your pool safe and secure.

  1. Make sure that children in the pool area remain under adult supervision at all times. Keep close to young kids swimming in the water.
  2. Assign a person wearing a US Coast Guard approved life jacket to keep watch when others are in the pool. Moreover, never allows anyone to swim alone in the waters. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off when anyone enters the pool without authorization.
  3. Keep the swimming pool area secured with a barrier. Surround the pool with a barrier or fence preferably four feet high that feature self latching and self closing gate.
  4. Consider placing a cover on the hot tub or the pool and remove any ladder when the pool is not in use.
  5. Make sure that the water in the pool is clean. Maintain proper circulation, chemical levels, and filtration. Regularly test the water and chemical levels, and adjust if necessary. This will minimize the risks of serious diseases resulting from contact with dirty water.
  6. Make sure that everyone in the house knows how to swim properly. Consider enrolling them in a swimming course if required.
  7. Make sure that there is an adult around the pool who knows CPR and first aid skills. You can easily learn basic first aid skills online. Consider teaching these skills to every family member who frequently visit the pool.

The above safety tips will go a long way in ensuring that the swimming pool area remains perfectly safe and secure. In case you are thinking about buying a new pool, you must consider an above ground pool. The best thing about this pool is that it is easy to install and maintain. Let Smith pools assist you in selecting the best above ground pool for your house.

Read More
Water safety

Our Top 10 Pool Safety Tips for Summer

Having a pool in the summer is like a blessing. Whenever you feel like beating the heat, jump in and cool yourself down. In areas like Memphis, the hot and humid weather can have you running for shade, but the shade does not cool you like a dip in the water will. With all the fun that you can have in the summer, it is also necessary to take into account the Memphis above ground pool safety tips.

Here are the 10 tips that you should follow to have a fun and safe summer in Memphis:

1. Fence It Up

If you have installed an above ground pool in your home, you should consider fencing the boundaries of the pool. The fence restricts access to the pool and can help keep elderly, children and pets safe. Above ground pools are at a height which is why a fence is necessary to avoid injuries by falling off the platform.

2. Install Ladders And Steps

Install and check ladders regularly to see if they are properly fixed. Getting in and out of the pool can be dangerous if not done using ladder or steps.

3. Don’t Walk Around

Walking around on the pool platform is dangerous as it can cause slips and injuries. Avoid walking around the pool unnecessarily.

4. Don’t Sit On The Edges

Sitting on the edge of the platform can seem like a lot of fun but it is also very dangerous as it can cause the pool platform to collapse. It can also cause slips and serious injuries.

5. Install A Pool Alarm

When the pool is not in use or under supervision, installing a pool alarm can help avoid accidents with children or animals. It can also detect intruders. The alarm works on a key system, inserting the key activates it and removing the key deactivates.

6. Depth Markings

Having depth markers always let the person swimming how far they can go and beyond what point they can be in danger. It is also safe for children if you guide them to not go beyond a certain marker

7. Signs For Safety

Have signs that specify the kind of things the pool is not suitable for. No Jumping, No Diving, No running to keep reminding people that a pool can be a dangerous area if you are not careful.

8. Safety Equipment

Have lifesaver rings and floaters available to facilitate someone in need of assistance.

9. Professional Help

Whenever electrical work is required around the pool, do not do it yourself. Hire a licensed electrician to take care of these things.

10. The Classic

This is the golden rule when it comes to swimming anywhere. Wait at least an hour after eating to go in to the pool.

For more information on Memphis above ground pool safety visit the Smith Pools website.

Read More
Secure your Pool

Staying Safe By The Pool

Having a backyard pool has been a dream of yours forever and we are so excited to make that happen for so many people in the Mid-South.  We also understand how important it is to take all the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe while you are enjoying the pool.

Unfortunately, drowning is one of the top 5 causes of death for people aged 1-14 years. There are steps you can take to help keep accidents from happening such as installing fencing around the pools, putting an alarm on the doors leading to the pool, and installing barriers to prevent unsupervised access to the pool.  One of the most important things you can do for your family is to make sure they know how to swim.

Many swimming schools are now teaching swimming classes to children as young as 6 months old.  Older children and adults are taught more than just how to swim, but also about water safety and safe rescue skills.  These classes result in confident swimmers who are knowledgable about the dangers that can surround the water.

We want everyone to have SAFE fun in the sun!  

Here are a few of the area organizations that have Memphis swimming classes this summer.

Shelby County Swimming Classes

YMCA
The YMCA offers swimming classes at most of their locations.  To see if your location offers them, visit their website at www.YMCAMemphis.org.  To learn more about the classes they offer, you can click here.

The Pool School
This organization offers year-round classes for students as young as 3 years old.  To find out more about them, please click here.

The University of Memphis
The University offers American Red Cross swim classes from 6 months to adult at their facility. To see the schedule, or register for a class you can visit there website by clicking here.

The Kroc Center
Swimming classes are now being offered at the Kroc Center in Memphis.  They offer classes for ages 6 months to adult.  Click here to find out more.

Desoto County Swimming Classes

YMCA
The Olive Branch YMCA offers swim classes for all ages.  Click here to learn more.

Miss Gwin’s Swim School
The kids love Miss Gwin!  She offers two week classes that kick off in June.  Click here to learn more about her on her Facebook page.

DAC Southaven
The DAC offers group and private swimming lessons.  Evaluations for May are starting this Saturday.  Visit their Facebook page to learn more!

This is just a few of the local swim schools in our area.  To view more, you can click here.

 

Read More
Pool Chlorine

4 New Year’s Resolutions Every Pool Owner Should Make

Are you late to the New Year’s resolutions party?

Or perhaps you’re still unsure what goals to set this year?

If you’re a pool owner, there’s no time like the present to commit to making the most of your pool in the year ahead.

Let’s get into four New Year’s resolutions every pool owner should make.

1. Take Pool Maintenance More Seriously

Your pool needs regular care to stay in tip top shape. Skimp on maintenance and you risk running into costly problems down the road.

January is ideal for pool maintenance. If you come across any problems, you’ll have more than enough time to fix them before summer rolls around.

What’s more, many retailers hold clearance sales throughout January. Whether you’re looking for replacement parts or some new accessories, it’s worth checking your pool store out. Who knows? You might snag yourself a bargain.

2. Invest In a Pool Testing Kit

Testing your pool water is very important. The wrong chemical balance doesn’t just make your water look gross. It turns your pool into a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty germs.

Unfortunately, computerized tests aren’t always accurate. In fact, they’re designed to make you buy chemicals more often.

This year, take control of your pool water’s health by investing in a test kit. Test your pool water regularly, and keep detailed records of what you’ve found. You’ll save money on treatments and your pool will look its best.

3. Ramp Up On Pool Safety

Pools are fun, but they can also be dangerous if not cared for properly.

Make your pool safer and more enjoyable this year by ramping up on safety features.

Overhaul your pool fence or buy an alarm that goes off if someone falls into the pool. Even better, invest in a high quality pool cover and make sure it’s always up when the pool isn’t in use. Your pool area will be safer and the water cleaner.

4. Switch To A High Quality Pool Service Provider

Sometimes, going DIY just won’t cut it.

A reputable pool service provider can help you keep your pool shipshape, so you won’t have to worry when it’s time to break out your swimming trunks.

Are you ready to make your pool look better in 2016? Reach out to Smith Pools for a quote.

 

Read More
Smith Pools & Spas

How To Enjoy Your Hot Tub Safely And Comfortably

Hot tubs are great for relaxation, and their health benefits are well documented. But as with everything else in life, a hot tub can be dangerous if it’s used improperly.

So, to enjoy your hot tub safely and comfortably, follow these important tips.

What’s a Safe Temperature For Your Hot Tub?

Personal preference is the major factor in determining the right temperature for your hot tub.

Most people set the temperature between 100°F and 103°F. Some might want their hot tub cooler, while others may prefer a slightly higher temperature.

No modern hot tub’s temperature can go higher than 104°F. That’s because the National Spa and Pool institute has determined 104°F to be the maximum temperature that’s safe for adults.

Nonetheless, it’s still advisable to check your hot tub’s temperature with a thermometer before dipping in. You never know when the thermostat might develop a fault.

Always Make Sure Your Hot Tub is Clean

If left untreated, hot water can become a breeding ground for disease. It’s your responsibility as a hot tub owner to make sure your hot tub is clean and properly disinfected at all times.

You should regularly check your hot tub’s water quality and add disinfectant when necessary. It’s also a good idea to drain your hot tub and scrub it clean at least once a month.

Hot Tubs and Medical Conditions

Relaxing in a hot tub sounds like anyone’s idea of a great time, but it may be ill-advised or even downright dangerous if you have a medical condition.

Staying in hot water for an extended period lowers your blood pressure and increases your heart rate at the same time. If you have a known or suspected heart condition, the excess heat could overtax your heart and lead to problems.

You should avoid a hot tub completely if you’re pregnant. Lower blood pressure caused by excess heat could interfere with the baby’s oxygen and nutrient supply. This is bad for the baby and could cause complications.

In case of doubt, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor. That way, you’re sure you can enjoy your hot tub safely.

Are you ready for your own home spa? Contact our team of hot tub experts at Smith Pools today.

 

Read More
Secure your Pool

What Parents Need to Know About Hot Tub Safety

If you have young children, you’re probably concerned about hot tub safety. Unfortunately, hot tubs aren’t always suitable for children. Babies and younger children in particular are more susceptible to heat and injury, so a hot tub may be dangerous.

Luckily, we have four tips to make the hot tub a safer experience for your little ones.

  1. Height Matters

One of the major risks of hot tubs is drowning. As a rule of thumb, young children shouldn’t be allowed in a hot tub unless they can stand on the bottom with their head clear out of the water.

Even if your child is big enough to stand comfortably in the hot tub, you should still be careful. The hot tub’s components could lead to serious injury. Tie up long hair or cover it completely with a swimming cap, and make sure your child’s fingers and toes stay well away from the hot tub’s suction holes.

  1. Too Much Heat Is A Bad Thing

Young children’s bodies are still developing, so they’re simply not equipped to deal with heat in the same way us adults are.

Your child should never stay in the hot tub for more than fifteen minutes at a stretch, irrespective of its temperature. It’s also a good idea to avoid full body immersion. Have them sit on a jump seat instead.

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

When you’re submerged in hot water your body’s normal cooling mechanisms don’t work, and you can quickly become dehydrated. The risk of dehydration is greater in young children, as their bodies are less equipped to deal with overheating.

Always keep plenty of fresh water close at hand and encourage your children to drink regularly, so they stay hydrated.

  1. Never Let Children Use The Hot Tub Unsupervised

Young children shouldn’t be allowed to use the hot tub unsupervised. At the very least, an adult should be in visual contact with them at all times.

It’s also a good idea to childproof your hot tub. Investing in a good quality cover will ensure your children won’t be able to use it unless you’re around.

Are you looking for safety equipment to childproof your hot tub? Our team at Smith Pools can help make your hot tub safe for the entire family.

Read More
Secure your Pool

How to Secure Your Pool The Smart Way

If you’re a pool owner, or you’re thinking about getting a pool, you’re probably picturing lazy Sundays in the water, or a cookout on the deck with your family and friends. Security probably isn’t the first thing that crosses your mind (or even the second).

Yes, pool safety isn’t a particularly exciting topic. But it’s an important one. Your pool area can be dangerous, especially for young children and small animals. It can also be easily targeted by intruders. You should be aware of these issues and take steps to secure your pool both for your family’s safety and for your own peace of mind.

Here are three ways to make it happen.

Install a Pool Cover

Pool covers are an important part of pool care, especially in the winter, because they prevent debris from falling into and possibly damaging your pool.

But a good pool cover also has safety benefits. First off, it’s a great way to protect your loved ones from accidental drowning. It also discourages intruders; because if the pool’s closed what’s the point of breaking in?

There’s a wide selection of pool covers on the market. Mechanical covers are convenient and practical: they work at the touch of a button. Foam covers also provide insulation, so your pool water stays warmer for longer.

Choose Your Pool Lighting Scheme Carefully

The right choice of lighting can transform your pool area and make it shine. But lighting isn’t just for ambiance. When you’re choosing a lighting scheme for your pool area, you should also keep safety in mind.

A well thought out lighting scheme will let you see all underwater pool areas properly, so you can swim safely even after dark. You should also illuminate steps, pathways and the edge of the pool, so you and your loved ones won’t risk tripping and injuring yourselves.

Get a Security System Installed

Security cameras make it possible for you to keep an eye on your pool area even when you’re away. But don’t just stop there. Make everyone know you mean business by displaying warning signs where everyone can see them.

Do you need to explore your pool security options? Get in touch with our team at Smith Pools today.

Read More
Dog Safety

4 Poolside Accessories Your Pooch Will Love

The pool is a fun place to hang out for all the family, including your dog.

Whether your furry friend has an instinctual need to swim or just wants to cool off, these accessories are sure to enhance the experience for you and your pet alike.

Dial Up the Fun with Floating Toys

Dogs just love to play in the water, don’t they?

There’s nothing like the pool for a rowdy game of fetch or tug-of-war that will leave your dog feeling tired and happy. Floating toys are a great way to while away the hours whilst bonding with your four-legged friend. Even better, your dog will get plenty of exercise and let out those troublesome instinctive behaviors like tugging and chewing in a non-destructive way.

With hundreds of brightly colored toys available online and at your local pet store, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Your Dog’s Very Own Private Gym

Take things to a whole other level by adding some accessories to your pool area.

Incorporating a water slide or slip-n-slide to your pool is guaranteed to entertain your dog for hours. You could even set up an obstacle course for you and your pal to run through together.

Basking in the Sun

When your pet is feeling lazy, or is just tired after a day of playing fetch, there’s no better way for him to chill out in style than a doggy pool float.

Pool floats for pets are made with your pal’s safety in mind. They are more durable than regular floats, puncture resistant and designed to be ultra-buoyant. When dampened in pool water, they will also help keep your dog cool and reduce the risk of overheating.

Safety First and Foremost

Not all dogs are good swimmers. Water can be dangerous for young puppies and for certain breeds, like Pugs and Bulldogs.

Doggie life jackets can be really handy in these situations. They are designed to fit around your dog’s neck and keep him afloat, so he can take a dip in the pool safely.

Is a day by the pool with your furry friend right up your alley? Contact Smith Pools for a quote and get your own pool today.

 

 

 

 

 

Read More
Pool Tricks

5 Must Try Swimming Tricks to Really Make a Splash

Everyone likes to have a few tricks up their sleeve, and a swimmer is no exception.  Beginners and athletes. Children and adults. No matter what stage of life or level of experience, all swimmers can benefit from knowing a few super swimming tricks.

The Supreme Somersault

Knowing how to do somersaults (flips) underwater as a kid was the epitome of cool, instantly earning you “level Olympian” in the other kids’ eyes. This trick is not only fun, it’s also a useful skill if you swim for exercise.

For the somersault newbie, practice in water that doesn’t go above your head but is deep enough to perform the trick. Bend at the waist and propel yourself forward, using your arms and legs to spin in a circle. If it helps, imagine you’re rolling down hill in a tire.

The Tricky Tumble Turn

For the swimmer doing laps, tumble turns make changing direction a more fluid maneuver without slowing you down. When you’re near the wall of the pool, do a somersault and twist onto your stomach before heading to the other side.

The Dashing Dive

Executing a clean dive takes a lot of practice, a little courage, and hardened skin because you’ll most likely do a belly flop the first 3 or 80 attempts, leaving you stinging and red.

Whether diving from from above or in the water, first jump up and bend your body to aim the top of your head into the water.  Your body should follow your head in a straight line so the water surface breaks smoothly as you enter. If the water smacks you, you’re probably doing it wrong.

The Underwater Handstand

As a kid, this trick was even cooler than somersaults.  Perform it in water that doesn’t go above your head when you stand. Propel your body downward, place your hands on the pool floor, and keep your body straight so your feet are sticking out of the water.

The Colossal Cannonball

Swimmers of all ages and skill levels can master this trick with ease . Just jump in the water while simultaneously tucking your knees into your stomach or chest. The goal is to make the biggest splash, and (maybe) soak the sunbathers.

Bagging a few swimming tricks makes pool time more fun, but it’s also important to stay safe. Use ear and nose plugs to keep from choking on water, wear sunscreen, and be mindful of the hard surfaces. For all of your pool needs, stop by Smith Pools today.

 

Read More