Though your pool will become your aquatic playground and provide countless hours of relaxation and pleasure, keep in mind that it is always a potential source of danger. You should always observe the following safety tips when you, your family and guests are in and around your pool.
Provide constant supervision when children are in and around your pool.
Running, pushing, shoving or horseplay should not be permitted.
Diving should only be done from the deepest end of the pool.
Only one person should use a diving board at a time.
Make sure your children know how to swim.
Learn basic water safety training, including rescue methods.
Keep a first-aid kit near the pool. Inspect the contents of the first aid kit frequently and replace supplies as they are used.
Invest in basic lifesaving equipment and always keep it near the pool. Inspect all lifesaving equipment regularly to ensure that it is in good condition and easily accessible. Basic lifesaving equipment should include a ring buoy with rope attached and a rescue hook.
Consider having a cordless phone near the pool for emergencies.
Take precautions by restricting access to your pool when no one is around. Do not permit other adults or children to use the pool by themselves. Consider installing an alarm system to alert you when someone enters the pool area.
Illuminate the interior of the pool and the area around it with ample lighting. Be certain that a swimmer can be easily seen before allowing nighttime swimming. Be sure that all lights are in good working order.
Inspect the drain grates of your pool or spa. Immediately replace damaged grates. Steer activities away from drain grates and do not allow children to sit on them. The suction from a drain grate can hold a person underwater.
Consider installing a childproof safety fence around the perimeter of the pool.
The pool industry has made big changes in the last decade with regard to options for pool finishes, pool lighting, water features, and energy efficient pool equipment. The beauty of any pool is in the small touches and details. We can help you select the right options for your pool that will distinguish it from all others and create the perfect ambiance. Serene water features, beautiful and durable pool finishes and the latest in pool equipment technology can make your Dreamscapes pool the perfect oasis.
For years the industry used standard halogen lighting or halogen lighting with old school color wheels to create different color changing options. Newer LED technology now combines individual colored LEDs that are mixed and matched to achieve a seamless and vibrant spectrum of colors. New LED lighting is now also available for shallow water reef steps to create well lit pool entries like never before. LED lighting is also much more energy efficient than traditional incandescent and halogen pool and spa lights.
Interior Pool Finishes
The pool interior finish will affect the overall look of the pool and enhance the color and natural beauty of the water. This is an important decision and Dreamscapes can walk you through the options available. While standard white plaster used to be the norm today you can find finishes with quartz, stone pebbles, polished stone, glass beads or complete tile veneer.
Several options are available for your pool decking such as: travertine or concrete pavers, flagstone, brick, or concrete. Dreamscapes can help walk you through these options and can recommend materials based on overall desired look and budget. Desired space needed for sun bathing, seating and dining will need to also be considered. It’s very important that you have a good balance between the pool area, softscape and the hardscape. This is again where an excellent final landscape design is important and something that Dreamscapes shines in.
Automatic Pool Water Leveler
This is an important addition for any pool to maintain its water level. Surprisingly many pool contractors don’t mention it or show it as an option. Many contractors will give you a water fill line that is connected to a hose bib but will still need to be manually turned on. The negative of this is that you will still have to be available to turn the water fill line on (which is difficult if you’re traveling) and, more importantly, turn the water off or it could result in an overflowing pool which could flood your yard. Automatic water levelers can do this for you automatically, while guarding against everyday water evaporation.
We highly recommend and install salt-based chlorine generators to keep your pool water sparkling clean and safe. We have installed hundreds of them with great success and reliability. Many other options are available, from the traditional use of chlorine and other chemicals to more sophisticated systems such as mineral based purification systems or ozone systems.