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Pool Supplies Should Also Contain Safety

A swimming pool with attached spa has just been installed in your backyard. Now you are ready to invite your friends for a big splashy pool party - or are you? Do you have all of the pool supplies you need to maintain your new fiberglass pool? Do you have the chemicals, pool toys, covers, automatic cleaners, pool heater, ladders, liners, slides, diving boards and on and on? You can see pool supplies can add up quickly. You want to be sure you have the fun toys for the kids, but the spa cover and pool alarm are necessary for safety and peace of mind. Supplies for the pool can be a very broad category. How are you going to use the pool? Do you have small kids or are you a retired couple? What kind of climate do you live in? Are you going to do the maintenance yourself or hire someone? If you are going to do a lot of the work yourself, don't become overwhelmed. There are pool cleaners that are automatic robotic styles. They make spa and pool covers that automatically cover the pool for winter or if you are gone. There is even pool equipment that controls the pool equipment so you won't have to spend too much time with upkeep and more time enjoying the water.

Pool heaters are great to have for an in ground or fiberglass pools and would be one of the first things you should look into purchasing. There are several types you might consider such as gas, propane, solar, or a heat pump. If you have an inflatable style pool such as Intex pools, you don't really need a pool heater. With other pools, you will want a heater because the water will be much more comfortable for day and evening swimming. Did you know it was possible to have an overheated pool? You can cool a pool with a solar heat pump also. You can have an energy efficient pool heater, especially if you choose one that is operated with solar power. They are becoming extremely popular and account for approximately 20% of all heating systems. A solar pool cover can also assist with keeping the pool warm. They won't in themselves heat the water, but they aid in less evaporation. When it comes to chemicals, you must treat the water so it is safe. There are all kinds of things on the market, so use as little of the harsh chemicals as possible as they can become irritating to the skin.

Your pool is supplied and safely maintained; so now check out the toys. The key to having fun in water is "inflatable or floating". There are huge numbers of things to buy such as floaties, noodles, toss games etc. and all can be enjoyed by young and old. One safety issue to always keep in mind is to remove the toys from the pool when no one is using it. Children are tempted to jump in for the toys when there is no supervision. I don't have to tell you what a hazard this can be. A fence is not an option but a necessity. A safety latch should also be installed and protects the whole neighborhood. Secure and lock ladders so little ones aren't tempted to climb in. You should also consider a safety alarm inside the home so you know when a door has opened, and an alarm at poolside so you know when someone is outdoors near the water. This can be the best time of your life with your family. Your pool is supplied and safe so jump in, the water's fine.

Beverly Hlavka is a successful freelance writer offering guidance and suggestions for consumers buying hot tubs, pool supplies, saunas, above ground pools and more. Her many articles can be found at She gives information and tips on to help you save money and make informed buying decisions.

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