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Inflatable Pools - Tips and Important Warnings

Updated on April 23, 2017
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Keeping The Family Active With Above Ground Pool

Pool fun for family and friends.
Pool fun for family and friends. | Source

The Year Was 1946 - A New Product Was The Inflatable Swimming Pool

Nothing says fun more than a cool dip in an inflatable pool, especially on a hot day. .And it was back in 1946 when the above ground pool was first welcomed, partly because of the assent in plastic. Although this welcomed relief from those hot summer days was beginning to take form, it wasn't until the 70's and 80's that various colors and designs were offered. And that's when it really took off.

Today all shapes and sizes are available and the larger pools even offer slides. Plus the convenience and ease with a click of the mouse will bring it right to your doorstep when ordering online.

One thing is for sure. There is plenty of family fun with inflatable pools and accessories. The best buys are offered online for kids inflatable pools.

Heart-Healthy Swimming For Children

Swimming is considered one of the best forms of exercise for children and adults.
Swimming is considered one of the best forms of exercise for children and adults. | Source

How To Disassemble An Inflatable Pool

Children's inflatable swimming pools are easy to disassemble and only takes minutes to complete.

  • Drain all the water completely out of the pool.
  • Then simply deflate the pool (make sure it is completely drained).
  • Next, let the liner dry thoroughly to prevent mold and mildew build up.

And there you have it. Just fold it up and store it for next year. These inflatable swimming pools are so convenient and providing you take proper care of them they will last for many years.

Swimming - A Childs Favorite Form Of Exercise

Pool play and exercise keeps children healthy and happy.
Pool play and exercise keeps children healthy and happy. | Source

How To Sanitize a Small Inflated Pool

If you have small children and a simple inflatable pool you will want to know how to keep it clean. Bacteria as well as other harmful substances can collect if the pool isn't regularly cleaned.

Small pools need regular care. Here are some things you will need to keep on hand:

  • A test kit that measures chlorine and pH levels.
  • A plastic brush for cleaning the sides of the pool
  • A pool algaecide
  • Chlorine - (Stabilized form)
  • Bleach
  • Borax

You may also want a pool skimmer and a filter to aid in pool cleanliness.

Read the manufactures directions carefully both for safety and for care of your pool. Also, visit a local pool shop for more information. Combining the above ingredients must only be done under the supervision of an adult who knows what their doing.


The Old Garden Hose

When I was a child I would have given anything to have an inflatable pool on a hot day in Los Angeles California. The best we kids could do is to squirt each other down with the garden hose. But back then, that was so much fun.

For variety, we would run back and forth across the lawn sprinkler giggling and yelling out loud. It was a fun way to cool off. Sometimes we would even open our little mouths wide to catch a few drops of water from the spray of the sprinkler.

Our little dog, 'Jeep' loved to be cooled down on those hot summer days using the sprayer attached to the garden hose.


Capture Fun Times With Your Camera

Family fun with inflatable pools and accessories will bring some lasting and precious memories. Be sure to keep your camera ready for capturing some great times. Or you might prefer to use your video camera for longer viewing moments. Either way your family will enjoy re-living these once-in-a-lifetime experiences again and again.

Safety Tips For Inflatable Pools

To keep your family safe follow these tips:

  • Never leave children unattended while they are in the pool
  • Apply a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF on the face, shoulders, arms or any exposed areas.
  • Install a fence at least 4 feet high around the pool to keep young children out of the area.
  • Limit children's activities in high temperatures.
  • Use 'approved' life vests instead of 'floaties'.
  • Be careful of entrapment - suction from pool drains and such.
  • Talk with your children about pool safety.

Why a Pool Cover is Important

Covering your swimming pool is necessary for the following reasons:

  • If you heat your pool a cover will help keep costs down.
  • A cover minimizes the amount of chlorine needed for disinfecting the pool.
  • Safety covers prevent children from entering the pool unattended resulting in death due to drowning. Animals can also find their way into a swimming pool.
  • A cover helps to keep the pool clean and free from falling leaves and debris.


Above Ground Versus a Built-In Pool

A study done by The Association of Pool And Spa Professionals found that there are about 5 million in-ground pools in the United States and only 3.5 million above ground pools. But the market for above ground pools has grown so rapidly its pretty much a toss up these days.

When you're trying to decide on the right pool to buy think about this list of factors:

  • Cost. There's no two ways about in-ground (built in) pool is far more expensive than an above ground pool.
  • Upkeep. Both in-ground and above ground pools require just about the same maintenance. You have the cleaning, the chemical balance and the filtering for both. Also consider the fact that you're pretty much stuck as far as expenses go with an in-ground pool. But if you own an above ground pool you can simply take it apart when it wears out and replace it.
  • Ad on Features. Above ground pools do not offer as many shapes and sizes as an in-ground pool. Besides diving boards built-in pools have add-on features such as spas and even small water-falls.
  • Safety. Above ground pools have walls extending above the ground which is a great safety feature. Half of fatal drownings happen in built in pools. About 10 per cent occur in above ground pools.

If you're just not sure which type of pool to invest in you may want to start off with an above-the- ground pool. If you find that a pool is a major enjoyment for the whole family you can commit to a built-in pool later.

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The First Swimming Pool

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The first swimming pool was dug during the 3rd millennium B.C. referred to as "The Great Bath."

Important Extra's For The Swimmers

  • Sunscreen - With skin cancer at an all-time high in adults even children must be protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Always apply sunscreen generously to the skin before entering the pool. The face, neck, ears and shoulders are especially vulnerable.
  • Towels - Fluffy absorbent towels for dying off after swimming.
  • Water - Children must be encouraged and reminded to drink plenty of water during outside activities. Provide a bottle of water for each child. Using a pen marker, print the name of each child on their bottled water.
  • Goggles - These are very inexpensive and most children will want a pair.
  • Pool toys and noodles - Be sure all items used in the pool are pool safe.

Lay down some ground rules for pool safety. Children may get a bit carried away while playing in the pool with friends and family members. Remind each one to avoid shoving or pushing, ducking, get the idea

An adult should always be present when children are in the pool. Make this a top priority!


© 2012 Audrey Hunt


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