11 things you may not know about sunscreen
So you've been to the store, and purchased the best SPF for your family before you head to the pool or beach. The question is: Are you really protected from skin cancer? Are you protected from both UVA and UVB? Are you using a spray or a gel? Are you using a bottle from last season, or are you applying enough? These and other factors can determine whether you are doing yourself and your family a service or disservice.
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Swimming pool enclosures
Is it worth having a pool enclosure?
from Osprey Pools UK
Swimming pool owners in areas of the country that experience the 4 seasons are well aware of the shortened swimming season. An inground swimming pool is a significant investment, and in many parts of the country, the use of the pool is limited by the seasons. Typically, 3-4 months is the extent of the good swimming weather, and that doesn't factor in rain days, or dips in temperature that can appear during the spring, summer and fall. The weather, along with many other reasons outlined in this article, is a good reason to consider adding a swimming pool enclosure.
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Pool Priorities–Safety First! 6 Critical Layers of Protection
from Pool FYI
Have you ever heard of the term "Layers of Protection" pertaining to your swimming pool environment? What this means, simply put, is that precautions and implements to protect children from drowning in your inground swimming pool layer, or stack together to ensure that when one precaution fails, there are numerous other safeguards to fill in the gap. This article from Pool FYI gives you some crucial layers to ensure the safest possible swimming pool environment possible.
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No. 1 swimming pool problem? It's number two!
Maggie Fox, Senior Writer NBC News
The amount of fecal matter present in public swimming pools and waterparks is alarming, according to the findings in a new study by the Centers for Disease Control. The study reports that feces was present in 58 percent of samples taken from public swimming pools in Florida. The study also states that the average person has about .14 grams of feces present on their behind from improper cleaning and not taking a nude shower before swimming.
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How to Fix Cloudy Swimming Pool Water
Having a cloudy pool is not only the most common ailment for the swimming pool owner, it is also the most perplexing. There are myriad factors that can cause cloudiness, which is loosely defined as water that is not "sparkling" and "clear". Organic debris, animal waste and feathers, bathers, suntan oils, lawn maintenance products and waste are just a few of the factors that can contribute to a cloudy pool. In this article posted on Des Rochers Backyard Pools and Spas blog via Swim University, there are some great things that you can do to rectify the situation, as well as some background as to what can cause the problem.