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Prevent Dry Drowning with Pool Safety Tips

James Ashner | Jun 13, 2018 12:00:20 PM


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Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm

Dry drowning is a real danger and threat to young children that parents must be made aware of. Dry drowning and secondary drowning occurs in about one to two percent of all drowning accidents.  Although dry drownings are rare, they can tragically be fatal.  A child can accidentally breathe in water from playing too hard in the water, being dunked under water, being thrown in unprepared, or struggling in the water. The child may come up or out of the water and appear to be fine, even hours after you leave the pool, ocean or lake.


 Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning

Dry drowning occurs when the child breathes in water, but the water does not actually reach their lungs.  In dry drowning, the vocal cords spasm after leaving the water, which closes the airway.  Symptoms include difficulty breathing and will occur shortly after the incident. 

When secondary drowning occurs, water actually gets into the lungs through the airway which causes pulmonary edema.  This is a condition that occurs when fluid gets into the lungs preventing oxygen from reaching the lungs and bloodstream.  Secondary drowning may occur anytime from one hour up to 24 hours after the incident.

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Preventing Winter Pool Cover Failures

James Ashner | Jan 20, 2018 3:36:29 PM


We have discussed winter pool cover maintenance, and the importance of inspecting your pool for accumulating debris or sinking and ill-fitting covers, but do you know just how bad it can be if you experience a failure with your winter pool cover? 

Pools are closed with a level of water still in the pool for a few reasons, one of those being to support the winter pool cover.  Your safety pool cover should not be lower than 12” to 15” from the top of the pool.

If your pool has a leak and your water level falls, you risk a failure with your winter pool cover as heavy snow will cause your pool cover to cave in under the pressure. 

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Winter Maintenance for Pool Covers

James Ashner | Dec 14, 2017 9:35:04 AM


Winter is in full force and the harsh New England winter is no different this year with most of our pools now covered in snow.  While we prepare for the Holidays, with visions of pool floaties and lounging rafts dancing in our heads, don’t forget about your pool cover underneath all that snow.  

Follow these tips to maintain your pool covers even over the winter, as we wait for the next spring thaw: 

  • For inground safety covers, you’ll want to prevent water from touching the cover and trapping debris by using a cover pump near the steps or from the skimmer. 
  • Inground pool covers that use water bags should be inspected to make sure the bags are not deflated or leaking, and that the pool cover is still fitting firmly in place around the perimeter of your pool.


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Pool Safety

Cory_Hartwell | Jun 5, 2014 10:47:08 AM

Pool Safety Covers

Pool safety should be the primary concern when deciding to put in a pool and pool safety covers are a great way to protect your children and animals from falling in the pool water. Visit the following government website on pool safety for tips and ideas on securing your pool or visit our page on pool safety:

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