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Prevent Drownings with Swimming Pool Safety Covers

James Ashner | Sep 29, 2017 8:00:00 AM


While we all enjoy a leisurely, summer day lounging by the pool, pool owners should never forget that the number one priority must always be safety.  According to the Center for Disease Control, there were an average of 3,536 fatal accidental drownings annually in the United States, not related to boating, based on data from 2005 to 2014.  This equals about ten deaths per day due to drowning, with at least two deaths per day from children younger than fourteen, and is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4 years old. 

With these alarming statistics, pool owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of people, especially children, that visit or have access to their pool.  The majority of these tragic drownings occur in pools owned by family, friends, or relatives, and the child was typically not out of sight for more than 5 minutes.  Take action to ensure the safety of your pool, and be part of a solution rather than a statistic.   Swimming pool safety covers are a great way to help protect people and animals from accidental drownings.


Swimming Pool Safety Covers

A swimming pool safety cover provides a high level of security over the water surface that prevents children, animals and even adults from falling in, and can easily be opened and closed.  Safety covers can be either manual or motorized for ease in opening, but must have the ability to be removed quickly in case of emergency.  When installed correctly, pool safety covers must support the weight of two adults and one child to accommodate possible rescue.

Your pool safety cover should also meet the requirements of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).  ASTM F 1346-91 outlines the standard for Pool and Spa Covers, establishing three classifications for covers including power safety covers typically found on swimming pools, manual safety covers, and the category of “other”, which do not qualify as a safety cover as they do not provide a barrier for children under the age of 5. 

In order to bear the proper safety label, a pool safety cover must pass all tests and performance standards detailed in ASTM F 1346-91.  If your pool cover does not say “safety”, it only meets the non-safety standards for pool covers. 

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Extend Your Swimming Season with a Pool Heater

James Ashner | Sep 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM


With limited hot, summer weather, renovating your pool with a pool heater will extend your swimming season by up to an entire month!   Pool owners located in the Connecticut and New England area are well familiar with the distinct change in seasons, and most of us would agree that we would extend summer time if we could.  Well you can with a Max-E-Therm® Pool Heater!

The Swimming Pool Store offers options to keep your summer season going a little longer, in most cases allowing you to open your pool two weeks earlier, and keep it open two weeks later at the end of summer.  In addition to the traditional gas heater most commonly used, we offer energy efficient heaters such as the Max-E-Therm Pool Heater, which features Sta-Rite’s latest advances in increased energy efficiency, rust-proof exterior and smart electronics. 



The Max-E-Therm Pool Heater by Sta-Rite offers several beneficial features including a high energy efficient rating providing economical operation, a specially designed fueling and igniting process that provides faster warming of your pool water, a user friendly and easy to operate control panel, and Dura-Glas™ housing that is durable in harsh weather and resistant to corrosion. 

The Eco Select™ Choice brand identifies Sta-Rite’s most energy efficient equipment with low emissions and best in class energy efficiency.   With an ideally balanced mixture of fuel and air ignited in the combustion chamber, the Max-E-Therm heats up quickly to reach your optimum temperature, saving energy while effectively heating your pool.


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Why You Must Balance Your Water When Closing Your Pool!

James Ashner | Sep 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM


Summer is nearing an end and many of us are making plans to close our swimming pools soon.  It is important to make sure that you balance your pool water’s chemistry before closing your pool for the winter.  Harsh New England winters can wreak havoc on pool water and equipment if not closed with the proper chemical balance.  Most of us know to add chlorine and algaecide, but what about the other chemicals that prevent staining and excessive algae growth?

Bring in a water sample for a FREE water analysis to determine how to leave your pool water in a healthy condition that will make for an easier opening next summer, free from equipment damage and unsightly stains. 

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The Swimming Pool store recommends checking the levels of the following chemicals before closing your pool for optimum winterization:

  • Liquid or Granular Shock: Either chlorine or non-chlorine, add about 1 gallon of liquid or 1 lb. of granular shock per 5,000 gallons of water. 
  • Algaecide: A copper or poly-based algaecide will last longest after a fall application and will prevent algae growth until pool is opened. 
  • Stain and Scale Control: For pools with metal or staining problems, these products help to sequester metals such as copper and iron that cause surface staining and water discoloration. 
  • Phosphate Reducer: For pools with phosphate issues, phosphates often build up in winter causing algae growth and preventing proper chlorine sanitizing. 
  • Winter Clarifier and Enzymatic Refresher: Best for pools with mesh safety covers, prevents algae growth and cloudy water.

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