The New Year is right around the corner, and that means that another pool season will be here before you know it! As you plan for your 2015 New Year’s resolutions, consider some of the goals that you have for your inground or above-ground swimming pool. Chances are, you can combine many of these resolutions with your personal ones and make this year healthier and happier for everyone in the family!
Resolution #1: Improved Pool Safety
Each year, thousands of children are sent to the emergency room for pool-related injuries, many of which can be prevented. In the New Year, make it a priority to create the safest pool atmosphere possible. Ideally, you should have a fence around the swimming pool and your backyard. The fence should be in good condition, with no loose boards or holes where kids or animals can sneak through. For added safety, install door alarms on the door leading to the pool.
Resolution #2: Spend More Time in the Pool
Many families admit that their pools are underutilized. Think back to the initial reasons why you wanted a pool: more time with family, longer hours in the sun, added physical activity. Find ways that you can spend more time using the pool that you worked so hard to get in the first place. Maybe a volleyball net will get older kids interested in the pool again. Outdoor fire pits or patio heaters can offer warmth on cooler nights. Other gadgets like loungers with coolers, inflatable obstacle courses and crawl tubes bring additional fun.
Resolution #3: Improved Maintenance
When you’re working and on the go, it’s easy to overlook the needs of your swimming pool. But the more you overlook them, the more your pool will go unused. If you find it difficult to maintain the pool on your own, hire a pool maintenance company that will take care of everything from top to bottom. You can take out a seasonal service plan that maintains your pool for the summer, or you may request a year-long service that will winterize your pool. This is a great investment for families that are short on time.
Resolution #4: Get Healthier by Being More Active
Being outdoors offers a host of benefits. Vitamin D leads to healthy bones, healthy teeth and a strong immune system. Fresh air boosts the mood. Being active keeps your muscles strong, increases blood to the major organs and burns calories. All of this can be done in one easy step by swimming in the pool or working on your landscape. You don’t need to pay for an expensive gym membership to get a good workout. You have one right in your backyard!