Pets And Pools, Is It Safe For Our Pet & Inground Pool?
Our team at Aqua Fun pools know that it’s difficult to keep the dog out of the inground swimming pool. After all, our pets think they are human, and part of the family. If we are swimming, they are swimming. Kudos to those of you who have managed to train your canine furry friend not to jump in the pool.
We’re sure you’ve wondered if swimming in the pool was safe for your pooch? And was it safe for the pools mechanics? Those are both great questions and we will certainly offer some facts which may help the next time Fido does a belly flop into the pool.
Is it bad for the animal?
Generally speaking, it’s not bad for humans and it’s not bad for dogs either. Salt water pools are usually less chemically toxic for humans and animals but there are still safety concerns with salt water pools which chlorine pools do not have, of which we will discuss. According to Bridgemill Pets of Canton,” the largest risk with a pool for any animal is drowning of course as they can panic too, especially if they do not know how to get out of the pool. However, the AKC has an article stating the amount of chlorine in pools is no more harmful to pets as it is to humans“. According to Bridgemill Pets some other things to watch out for includes excess water indigestion, “in fact drinking from the pool should definitely be discouraged especially if it’s a salt water pool. Also drinking from the pool can irritate your dogs eyes and nose sensitivities; cause ear infections, especially from floppy eared dogs and can dry out the skin.”
Be sure to rinse pets off with the hose after a day of swimming.
Is it rough on the pool and it’s mechanics?
It can add more stress on the mechanics for sure but there are preventive measures you can take to lessen the stress on your pool mechanics. If hair gets clogged in the filters or baskets, it could be a big problem so be proactive and check the filters and baskets for hair build up which could clog the system.
Take delight in these Pets in the Pool pics we have on our Pinterest Board:
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All of us here at Aqua Fun Inc would like to thank you for reading our blog! If you know anyone who are concerned about Pet’s in the Pool, then be sure to share this article and schedule your consultation here. Did you read our last blog about The Best Christmas Present is A New Pool? Check it out here.
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc
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Atlanta’s Top Pool Builders offer Summer Pool Safety Tips
June is National Safety Awareness Month
There is nothing better than a fun family and friend pool party at your house. Although it can be a lot of fun and create many lifetime memories, we want them all to be good memories. We don’t want to be negative but one must always plan for the worst. What would you do if someone hurt themselves at your pool? Before anything like that ever happens, please take extra care to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. Since the month of June is National Safety Awareness Month, there is no better time than to lay out a good safety plan for your outdoor inground swimming pool.
Here are a few basic things Aqua Fun suggests you should do to prepare your family and guests:
- Post rules so everyone can see them
- Go over rules with children and young adults before they start swimming
- No running, dunking, pushing or rough housing
- Don’t dive into shallow end
- Always swim with a buddy
- Keep approved safety devices such as life preservers, pool noodles, rope, life hook and boogie boards easily accessible
- Remain focused on small child at all times
- Add 4 sided fencing around pool with child safe self latching and self closing gate
- Add pool alarm once party moves indoors you’ll want to stay vigilant
- Identify any new swimmers, best is that all swimmers are experienced
- Keep charged cell phone handy at all times
- Wear sunscreen, don’t get sun poisoning
- Evacuate pool in rain or coming storm
- Grown ups should not drink alcohol and swim nor be in charge of children at the pool
A lot of it is common sense and you’d be surprised how easily tragedy can strike so always be vigilant!
According to the CDC, did you know:
- Children: Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2014, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, one-third died from drowning.1,2 Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.2 Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).1 Among those 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.1
We appreciate your interest in our pool blog.
Andrew and Rachel Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
Have You Winterized Your North Georgia Inground Swimming Pool Yet?
North Georgia weather is forecast to be wet and chilly this 2015-2016 winter season according to the Farmer’s Almanac. If you have not made preparations to close your pool for the winter, then now is a great time to do it before the first official Fall Frost on November 15th, 2015 as predicted by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
If you’d like to learn more about the actual process of Winterizing your inground swimming pool then check out our past article called Winterizing. A brief synopsis of what it means to Winterize your inground pool is to treat and clean it really well, lower the water level a little bit, get water out of the drains and pipes so it does not freeze or crack, then cover the pool.
You can choose between a mesh cover or solid cover, our past article goes more into depth on solid or mesh safety winter covers. There are pro’s and con’s to both. If you decide to go with a solid cover then you’ll need a submersible pump to get excess water that accumulates. A mesh cover is nice because the water passes through. A mesh cover is also lower maintenance during the off-season for this reason.
If all this is to daunting for your busy schedule, please call us to schedule your pool closing this Winter.
Bonus Tip to Winterizing your North Georgia Inground Swimming Pool: Check the tree’s around your home and pool, with the extra rainy season coming our way this year, the ground will be wetter, softer and dead and/or weak tree’s will come down. Make sure any overhanging branches are trimmed back and not susceptible to falling onto your swimming pool safety cover or roof. It can do major damage!
Winterize Your North Georgia Inground Swimming Pool – Call Today! (770) 419-7119.
Rachel & Andy Cook
Owners & Operators of Aqua Fun Pools in Canton.
If you live in Atlanta or watch the news you will never forget Snowpocalypse 2014, when Atlanta was taken by surprise. If you thought that was bad, get ready for another dramatic Winter season. The Winter Forecast for the South East will be extreme; expect ice events and an overall wet winter which could spur flood risks.
Here are 5 reasons why you need safety pool covers this Winter.
- Protect your loved ones, pets and wild animals from accidentally falling in.
- Protect your pool structure from freezing and “popping up”.
- Prepare for a harsh 2014-2015 Winter – rain and water.
- Compliment your backyard oasis with color choices.
- Prevent damage to your pools plumbing and filtration
If you don’t have a pool cover already, now is the time. Do you need to upgrade or replace your current pool safety cover? The team at Aqua Fun are your best choice for your Pool Cover installment and replacement.
You have choices:
- Solid or Mesh
- Colorful or Plain
- Customized shape or Retractable Solid
Getting a Safety Pool cover is not a cure-all for the Winter. You still have to be diligent; run the equipment if temperatures reach the freezing point. You’ll need to remove accumulated snow, ice and water with a broom or pool cover pump so it does not stretch the mesh or separate from the coping. If all this is too much for your busy schedule, let us help you maintain your inground pool over the Winter.
Let Aqua Fun Inc. be your Pool Covers, Safety Covers, Mesh Pool Covers, Solid Pool Covers specialist. Give us a call and schedule a free consultation – (770) 419-7119.
Rachel & Andrew Cook
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Get Your Pool Ready For Halloween
Decorate your pool for Halloween. Tips from Atlanta’s dream pool builder, Aqua Fun Inc.
To us, Halloween is all about having fun with your family, friends and neighbors while collectively celebrating the coming Fall and Winter seasons. If you have a spa or heated pool and plan to keep it open for now, we have great ideas for the perfect Halloween Party.
First things first, let’s talk about pool party safety.
Designate one person to be the pool watcher. Think of a clever costume like a Zombie Lifeguard and have them sit by the pool the entire time keeping an eye on things. It adds to the ambiance and keeps everyone safe.
Decorating ideas for Poolside Halloween Party
Here are couple of ideas using skeletons. Dress the skeletons up in bathing suits, place them lounging around the poolside wearing sunglasses, soaking in that “moon tan”. If you have more skeletons, set them at a table playing checkers wearing sunglasses.
Throw in a few pool toys like orange or black inflatable beach balls, customized pool noodles made to look like sea creatures or a floating witch body. Put glow sticks inside blown up white balloons and float them in the water.
Check out our Pinterest board for more Halloween Pool Party Decoration Ideas.
Serve Some Ghoulish Halloween Party Food.
Follow our Halloween Pool Party Food board on Pinterest to get the recipes! Follow Rachel Cook’s board Halloween Pool Party Food on Pinterest.
Light up your pool underwater and add decorative lighting around the pool.
Underwater Illumination is the perfect way to create ambiance. If you have colored under water pool lighting installed, you can probably dial in the settings to stay on one color instead of alternating between the complete array of colors. Choose red, green or blue for the best Halloween effect. More pool illumination inspiration! Imagine adding this additional lighting to your pool and spa design. Contrast the colors or add more dramatics using all the same color.
When it comes to lighting, don’t forget to back-light the walls or boundaries of the backyard space you plan to entertain in. Back-lighting can add that extra layer of spookiness.
Halloween Pool Party Games and Activities
We wrote a blog post Classic Pool Games that can give you ideas to build upon. Sharks and Minnows could easily turn into Witches and Goblins.
Need some Halloween Pool Party ideas inspiration?
We hope you have a wonderful time this holiday season and that these ideas have offered inspiration on how to Decorate Your Pool For Halloween from one of Atlanta’s Pool Builder, Aqua Fun Inc.
Give us a call and schedule a free consultation for your dream pool and spa – (770) 419-7119.
Rachel & Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
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The month of May is National Water Safety Month
Aqua Fun keeps your family safe!
Although you should always use these safety tips, the month of May is designated to focus heavily on water safety. Here are a few tips that will help keep your backyard pool an oasis of relaxation and fun.
- Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean. There is no substitute for adult supervision.
- Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.
- The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60” tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.
- Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.
- Power-operated pool safety covers are the most convenient and efficient. Solar/floating pool covers are not safety devices.
- Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
- Learn CPR and rescue breathing.
- Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.
- Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
- Never leave water in buckets or wading pools.
- If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count.
- Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.
- Don’t use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys.
- Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.
- Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim, and that adults know CPR.
- Do not consider children “drownproof” because they’ve had swimming lessons.
This information was provided by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.