Sunset Pools and Spas

Pool Covers In the News

What do cows and pool covers have in common?

Strangely, in the case of the story I'm about to mention, a lot.

About two weeks ago, various news outlets reported a story involving a cow that had somehow found its way into an Oklahoma City swimming pool.

According to reports, a hole in the pool liner allowed the cow to slip through and into the water. Fortunately, the cow seemed to have emerged unharmed after being rescued by firefighters.

Although one article says the pool liner was designed to withstand the weight of an elephant, in this particular case, the pool liner did not do its job.

The Lesson: This story serves as a reminder about how important it is to have a reliable and safe pool cover that can fulfill its purpose any time the pool is not in use. While it's not likely a cow is going to make its way into your pool or spa, a pool cover can prevent any living being from falling into the water, whether an animal or a small child. 

For even more information about the benefits of installing a proper pool cover, click here.

Save a Life: Give the Gift of Swimming This Holiday Season

Learning how to swim can be fun, but it can also be a matter of safety and protection.

That’s why children in Australia’s province of Victoria will be required to show swimming proficiency and demonstrate swimming survival skills starting next year, according to an article posted by Swimming World. “Each student must earn the Victoria Water Safety Certificate, which shows proof of swimming ability, water safety knowledge and rescue skills,” the article says.

Swimming pool owners can learn a thing or two from Victoria’s education officials. Accidental drownings are a real concern, but can be preventable if the right precautions are taken. That’s why homeowners who have a pool or plan to build a pool should ensure that anybody in the household or who plans to use it knows how to swim—and swim well. Other safety precautions include installing a pool cover and having everyone in the household learn CPR.

The holiday season is the perfect time to encourage swimming pool safety for your loved ones. Swimming lessons make a great gift—and there are plenty of places that offer indoor lessons throughout the Chicagoland area.

When you are struggling to come up with a unique Christmas or Chanukah gift idea for your spouse or kids, remember: Give them the gift of swimming. In the end, it could save a life.


A Trick-or-Treat Safety Reminder

Halloween is a time for candy, costumes and fun; however, with all of the kids running around the neighborhood during this festive holiday, it’s also a time to reinforce safety precautions.

On Halloween it’s likely most of the kids you see from your neighborhood will be walking from door to door asking for treats. However, there is always the bunch that ends up sneaking around from yard to yard with the intention of playing tricks.

With that in mind, Sunset Pools and Spas kindly reminds all pool and spa owners to make sure their pools are properly covered for Halloween. This will help to prevent any trespassers from jumping in the pool, or even worse, accidentally falling in. This is especially important if you haven’t yet drained your pool for the off-season.

It would also be wise to ensure any other safety precautions you have for your pool and spa are also in place. If you have a gate surrounding your poolscape, make sure to lock the entryway. Also, turn on any backyard, porch or deck lights, so outside wanderers can see where they are going and don’t accidentally trip. While you obviously don’t want to make it easier for trespassers to enter your property by putting a spotlight on it, it’s more important to create a safe environment for anyone who happens to be walking near your pool in the dark.

These safety measures are not just important for Halloween when it seems like the entire community is out and about; they are imperative to follow any time of year to ensure the safety of anyone walking through your yard.

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone. Trick or treat!