The Instinctive Drowning Response, so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect it to. When someone is drowning there is very little splashing, and no waving or yelling or calling for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents). Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In 10 percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening.
Hurricane season takes place June 1st through November 30th in Florida.
There are many ways you should prepare for hurricane season – here are some helpful tips from the Florida Swimming Pool Association to protect your swimming pool, hot tub and patio area from the next hurricane or tropical storm.
Do not drain your pool! Keep proper water levels in your pool, the weight of the water holds the sides and bottoms in place during the hurricane or tropical storm.
Trim branches and remove potential threats to your swimming pool and patio
Shock your pool – you may lose power for an extended amount of time, meaning your pool should be ‘super chlorinated’ – this will help your pool’s water chemistry.
Turn off all power at the circuit breakers before a storm hits. Any exposed electrical equipment such as motors for the pumps should be tightly covered with plastic wrap. If flooding is expected, attempt to remove and place at higher ground.
Remove any loose objects such as chairs, tables, pool equipment and even toys. These items can become projectiles in high wind storms.
If you cannot store certain pool deck items inside for the storm, you can gently place them into your pool for safe keeping – do not throw any items into your pool. Throwing can items can create leaks or damage your pool
Be especially weary if you have a vinyl or fiberglass pool
Never put glass items into your pool, they must be taken inside
Do not use your pool directly before, during or after the hurricane or tropical storm – lightning, high winds and other dangers are unpredictable
Do not go outside to check on or change anything during the storm – assess damage after.
Do not immediately turn your pumps back on after the storm has passed
Remove debris from the pool with a net, skimmer or pool rake – do not use your regular pool vacuum equipment or pool pumps as they are likely to clog the plumbing
Before touching any electrical equipment after the storm, be sure that everything is dry. Check circuit breakers to be sure they are off before attempting to reconnect electrical equipment such as pump motors. Inspect wiring for proper connections. If electric motors have been exposed to water, they should be checked by a professional.
Shock your pool again, this will help begin the process of getting your pool back into balance
During hurricane season, remember to prepare yourself and your swimming pool for safety.
The Center for Disease Control says that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through properly maintained pools and spas – “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.” www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html
The Florida Swimming Pool Association reminds everyone that while staying at home during the current pandemic, it is a great time to enjoy swimming pools and hot tubs. Pools and spa owners should follow current guidelines of only allowing 10 people in the pool and deck area at a time. By limiting numbers of pool participants and allowing for space between one another, people will help keep each other stay safe while still enjoying the pool.
Proper maintenance, upkeep and testing of pools should be done at regular intervals and preferably performed and monitored by licensed professionals to ensure proper pool and public health. All entry and exit points into and out of the pool and deck area such as ladders, gates, and doors should be properly sanitized throughout the day.
Pools and spas are valuable resources to communities, allowing adults and children access to healthy and safe recreation and relaxation.
With Spring rapidly approaching in Northeast Florida and
temps in the high 70’s and low 80’s while water temps in pools remain in the
60’s customers are asking about heating options. In our area there are basically three types
of heater available: Gas (propane or natural gas), Heat Pump and Solar electric
resistance heating isn’t commonly used in northeast Florida. Let’s discuss the pluses and minuses of each.
One of the most important steps of swimming pool maintenance is water balance. Generally, understanding water balance can also be one of the most confusing processes of pool maintenance. Because of its complexity, some new pool owners may not know everything they have to do to keep their pool water safe, comfortable and corrosion free.