Essential Outdoor Sun Safety Tips for Winter

From Penobscot Bay Pilot

Unfortunately, the wonderful sunny days of summer have come and gone.  The leaves are changing, the kids are back in school, and the swimming pool is gettting ready to close up for the long, blustery winter.  What may come as a surprise to most, however, is that the need to protect your family's skin from the harsh, damaging rays of the sun doesn't go away with the passing of the seasons.  This post from Penobscot Bay Pilot gives some useful and informative tips about Ultra Violet protection from the sun during the winter months, which will help keep the potential for skin cancer at bay until Summer comes around again.

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Thursday, 03 September 2015 11:10

Some Common Swimming Pool Myths Debunked

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Swimming Pool Care Myths

From Pool & Spa Warehouse

Everyone has heard an anecdotal story or two about swimming pools.  These myths can not only be misleading, but they can actually be dangerous to one's health if they are misconstrued.  This post from The Pool and Spa Warehouse lists some of these commonly misleading and potentially dangerous myths, and presents the truth about them to set the record straight.

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6 things you must know about going solar

From Yahoo Homes

Swimming Pool owners have a special attachment to the outdoors.  They love using their pool and their outdoor living space, which is why they took the plunge and installed the swimming pool in the first place.  What new swimming pool owners sometimes don't fully comprehend is the increased costs that are associated with ownership.  The costs of electricity, gas, and water are sometimes a big surprise to some new owners.  Some owners are looking to alternative technologies to help mitigate the costs of ownership.  This post from Yahoo Homes gives some great tips on one such technology, Solar power.

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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 09:02

Swimming Pool Safety Requires A Layered Approach

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Swimming Pool Safety: Layers of Protection for 'Pool Safely'

From Pool and Patio via

The Consumer Product Safety Commission's "Pool Safely" campaign is the largest swimming pool safety awareness campaign in the history of the world.  The movement began after the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was passed, and has grown into a powerful safety awareness force.  The keys to the movement, according to this post from's Pool and Patio site, is that simple, layered steps will undoubtedly save lives.  Common sense and layers of protection can make the difference between a safe, health environment, or a unmitigated diaster.

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Monday, 31 August 2015 08:50

Do I need to test my own swimming pool water?

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From Hayward

Swimming pool owners want to enjoy their swimming pools without having to worry about water chemistry.  The fact is, vigilance in testing the water chemistry can go great lengths towards preserving the life of one's swimming pool, and keeping the pool enjoyable for one's friends and family.  This post from Hayward Pool Products gives a great primer on the aspects of water chemistry that are to be maintanted, and how to test for them to keep the water in perfect balance.

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