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Barriers keep Virginia swimming pools safe

Aaahhh swimming… what a great way to spend time with friends and family and get in shape or simply float around on a raft enjoying swimming pool coverthe warm summer sunshine. As any swimming pool owner knows, pools are fantastic family fun spots but they can also bring with them some hazards that you need to address. When you’re working with a Virginia swimming pool contractor, one of the items you will want to talk about is “how can I keep my children and pets safe?”

The swimming pool contractors at Town & Country Pools talk with clients about the ABCs of pool safety:

Alarms: There are myriad types and styles of swimming pool alarms on the market. From alarms that sound when the pool gate is opened to those that make sounds when the surface of the water is broken to those attached to the swimming pool cover, you have many options from which to choose and most times it is simply personal preference.

Barriers: Alarms are perfect for those times when someone from inside your house or who is already in your yard gets into the water, what do you do though to keep unwanted visitors from the pool (and your yard)? A barrier such as a wall or fence are the ideal options for keeping curious neighbor children or other intruders from getting into your swimming pool. What is an effective barrier?  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) explains it as ”… barrier should be at least four feet high above grade.” Keep in mind that specific municipalities will likely have its own rules and regulations that will need to be followed as it relates to barriers and alarms.

Covers: A safety swimming pool cover is another ideal way and another barrier you can put between your child or pet and your swimming pool. Safety covers come in either manual or motorized styles. Covers can be locked and unlocked by an adult with access to the key.

Having the ABCs covered will help ensure safe and uneventful pool ownership.

Maryland pool contractors explain the benefits of hot tubs

hot tub spaA hot tub or spa could be a stand alone structure in your home or in a secluded corner of your yard or on your patio. Hot tubs and spas can also be built into the corner of your existing swimming pool and swimming pool contractors from Town and Country Pools are experienced in the construction and installation of them in myriad locations. A hot tub is a place to not only soak away the stresses of the day but it is also an ideal location to warm up on a chilly winter night, invite friends over for a decadent night in the cooler months of winter and to also reap health benefits. Spas and hot tubs known for their relaxation benefits are more than just a way to relax, they offer health benefits and provide relief to people with arthritis and diabetes.

The Arthritis Foundation explains that arthritis sufferers can find relief from pain while soaking in the hot tub. Starting the day with a brief 15-minute soak can loosen the joints and alleviate pain; starting the day with a hot soak provides relief from pain and stiffness that will last the entire day. The heat of the water raises the body temperature, it causes the blood vessels to enlarge and helps to improve circulation. The combination of heat and the buoyancy of the water helps reduce pain and stiffness.

Diabetics, according to the American Diabetes Association, that can regularly spend time — up to 30 minutes a day were shown to have lower blood sugar readings. These benefits mirror those reaped by diabetics that exercise.  A combination of the soak that is thought to lead to a better night’s sleep can lead to overall general feelings of well-being and this can go a long way toward better overall health.

Blood pressure can also be lowered by spending time in a hot tub or spa. For some individuals, a blood pressure that is too high to allow for safe exercise routines, may find that time spent in the hot tub can lower blood pressure without any strain on the heart and this could lead to the individual being able to start an exercise routine.

Whether you’re considering the addition of a hot tub or spa to your home for health or relaxation reasons, you can talk with your Maryland swimming pool or hot tub contractor to find out what the best size and style of hot tub will suit your needs and also ask about the various therapeutic benefits of the different types of jets you can have installed.

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