June is synonymous with summer fun! Unfortunately, if you live in a coastal state, so are hurricanes. A hurricane means something different for everyone. For some, it’s a reason to throw a party, because there ain’t no party like a hurricane party. (Sorry- got carried away there) Others take a more serious approach (not to mention, less lyrical) by doing research and creating a checklist. Whatever your take on hurricane preparedness is, we know your pool and spa is an investment. An investment you want to protect. If you prepare in advance of the storm, you may even have time to enjoy a hurricane party, too. To help, we have collected a list of tips from our colleagues in the industry of the do’s and don’ts for preparing your pool and/or spa for a storm.
Before you begin your pool and spa preparations, be sure your family and home are as ready for a storm as they can be. For information on preparing your family and home for hurricane season, visit Red Cross, FEMA, or National Hurricane Center.
Remember, it is always best to get started early! The idea is to prepare as much as you can now and then finish the remaining tasks PRIOR to the arrival of the storm. For your safety, do not attempt to “prepare” during the storm.
Drowning is the cause of approximately 10 deaths a day in the United States, with 2 of those 10 deaths being children under the age of 14. Of the leading causes of unintentional injury death, drowning ranks 5th. Read these 5 Tips on Water Safety and learn how you can prevent drowning deaths.
Adult Supervision: If you own a pool, supervision both indoors and outside is crucial to preventing water related tragedies. No level of water safety training is a substitute for adult supervision. If you are unable to locate your child in your home, the first place you need to look is the pool. Time is of the essence.
Pool Fences: Some areas are requiring pool fences by law, sometimes it just lowers your home owners insurance, but regardless of why, fences are always a key to drowning prevention. Make sure the fence comes equipped with a self-locking gate.
Home Alarms: Alarm systems are for more than just keeping intruders out. A properly configured alarm system can alert a parent if a child exits through a door leading to the pool area, providing extra life-saving minutes of time to prevent drowning.
Infant Swimming Resources(ISR)-Self Rescue: Training your child for what to do if they end up in the water is a last line of defense in drowning prevention. Floaties, inner tubes, and the like only serve to inhibit a child’s ability to survive in the water on their own. Avoid using these and instead teach your child survival skills in a safe environment. You can find ISR-Self Rescue Training Programs here.
CPR: In the event of an emergency, parents need to be prepared for how to react and administer CPR. Local CPR classes are available to teach life-saving skills for both adults and children and these classes should be updated regularly.
APi supports a local charity called the Live Like Jake
Foundation. LLJ was founded after a family experienced a drowning tragedy. They’ve
dedicated their child’s memory to preventing other such tragedies. This year
marks the 5th Annual Live
Like Jake 5k which will be held on May 11th in Jupiter, Florida.
Participants raise money for ISR swim lesson scholarships, as well as providing
financial assistance for families who have lost a loved one to drowning or have
a child with critical care needs due to a drowning related accident.
The start of pool season is like our Christmas here at APi and there is nothing we love more than hearing our customer pool opening success stories! Randy Watson of Neosho, Missouri helped Christmas come early for us by sharing these amazing photos of his pool opening using Revive!
Here is what Randy has to say about his experience with Revive!
I would like to say that your Revive! is everything it lives up to be. Used it yesterday and here’s a before during and after. Finished my pool today. I was skeptical at first but your product made a believer out of me. Made it so easy to use and the next day the water was crystal clear and easy to vacuum.
Randy went on to tell us that at almost 70 years old, he values products that make pool maintenance as easy as possible and was so glad that he tried Revive! for the first time this year.
Randy has owned his beautiful pool for 7 years and said he wishes he knew about Revive! in years past for opening. Haven’t tried Revive! for yourself yet, read more about how it can help you here.
Fall is officially here, and although pool season is over for most areas, spa and hot tub season is just getting started. Here at APi we provide products to help you maintain your spa throughout the colder months so that you can spend more time enjoying your hot tub and less time cleaning it! A nice spa after a long day of skiing or even working is a wonderful way to unwind. What’s not a nice way to unwind is spending hours maintaining and cleaning your spa.
Here at APi, we want to make sure you spend more time enjoying your hot tub and less time maintaining it. Our EZ3 Spa Care Kit makes spa care a breeze with 3 simple steps. The kit includes:
START to prepare the water by removing phosphates, metal, and debris
E-Z BOOST to sanitize and disinfect
TOTAL CARE does the rest with a clarifier, stable oxidizer, stain and scale inhibitor, water conditioner and balancers (pH, TA and CH) to keep spa water clean, clear and trouble free.
The kit also includes test strips and a measuring scoop. These products only need to be used once a week, minimizing time and cost compared to some other spa care products. APi’s EZ3 Spa Care Kit is superior to other care products because our products are based on the idea of prevention, rather than the idea of reaction. Don’t wait until you have a problem with your spa, use our spa products regularly to avoid problems altogether. Not only will you save yourself peace of mind, you will also be able to spend more time relaxing in your spa and less time at pool supply stores trying to diagnose the issue.
Here are some great testimonials from satisfied EZ3 Customers!
“I have used the EZ Spa® now for four years. It is the best spa treatment I have ever used. It makes the water feel really soft and refreshing. I use it once a week and forget it. My spa stays crystal clear. I love this stuff. Not to mention when you use EZ Spa® you don’t have to buy so many other chemicals. I also noticed that EZ Spa® is extremely gentle on the skin. I can’t say enough about how good this stuff is. Try it, you’ll love it!” – Terri G., NJ
“We are very happy with this product…We were using Baqua spa and anticipated some problems because of the chemical change but now the water is as fresh and clear as the day we first filled our tub!”– Lori K., Kentucky
“We run our spa year-round and EZ Spa® has worked for us. Works great to keep the spa clean!”– Barbara S., Minnesota
“I am using EZ Spa® and I love it!”– Cathy, Florida
“Just wanted to thank you for a great product. After four weeks of trying several different products and also adding way to much chlorine, we can finally see the bottom of our pool. Added Revive! at 6PM last night, by the time we went to bed, we could notice a difference and when I got up this morning everything had settled to the bottom. Used the vacuum for about an hour this morning and were swimming this afternoon. Will probably have to vacuum once more, but so glad this product was recommended to us.”
– Donna, Ohio
“Easy, simple, worry free…these all describe how my pool maintenance has been since I started using EZ POOL! I have a big pool and it is not a big job with E-Z POOL, just once a week. Once the pool is open and clear in the spring, I just have Caryl’s experts test my pool sample once a week to make sure the balancing chemicals and pH are good. Algaecides are not needed. Brush, brush, brush, as Caryl recommends and my pool is beautiful all summer! Also, it is gentle to the skin and does not effect your hair color. I highly recommend E-Z POOL!”
– Trish, Greensboro, NC
“I have used the EZ Spa now for four years. It is the best spa treatment I have ever used. It makes the water feel really soft and refreshing. I use it once a week and forget it. My spa stays crystal clear. I love this stuff. Not to mention when you use EZ Spa you don’t have to buy so many other chemicals. I also noticed that EZ Spa is extremely gentle on the skin. I can’t say enough about how good this stuff is. Try it, you’ll love it!”