Sunset Pools and Spas

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!


Reasons for a Proper Pool Closing

Reminding clients that it’s time for them to close up shop until next season is not one of the more fun parts of my job; however, it is extremely important. That’s right: As the fall winds and rainstorms start to roll in, if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to think about draining the water and closing down your pool until next swim season.

While it may be tempting to leave the water in the pool for a little bit longer, here are three reasons why you should contact your local pool maintenance provider sooner rather than later:


I realize this is one topic we bring up time and time again: installing a pool cover, which is part of the pool closing process. This step will prevent children, animals, or even adults from accidentally falling in the pool. Water or no water—an accidental slip-and-fall can be dangerous, or even fatal, for both people and animals, and covering the pool is the best way to keep the area sealed and safe.


Chicago homeowners often fall victim to Chicago’s harsh weather—thunderstorms, tornados, snowstorms, and even heavy wind. This also means Chicago homes are often victims, and it’s not uncommon for them to experience some damage thanks to Mother Nature

Going through the motions of a proper pool closing can help to protect your pool. Properly draining, covering, and closing up the pool until next summer will help to keep it free of debris and other damage that could result from tumultuous weather.

Protecting Your Equipment 

Exposure to extreme temperatures can really do a number on your pool equipment. Proper swimming pool closure will help to protect your pool’s equipment, especially during those frigid months, which will save you money and a huge headache in the long run.