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July is the peak of summer swim season, and around the country millions of Americans of all ages are heading to community pools to beat the summer heat. That means health and pool inspectors are working over time, and they don’t always like what they find. Now, cities around the country are coming down hard on pool managers who neglect their water.
Andrew Burns works for the Florida Department of Health and inspects pools in the popular tourist destination of Orange County, Florida, where many pools are open year-round. According to state regulations, pool inspectors like Burns must inspect pools twice a year. So far this year, only 62% of pools received satisfactory ratings, with some pools requiring emergency closures.
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Alaska fishing vacations, incorporated with time spent in a lodge or cabin, are a very popular way to get some great RandR. One of the most important aspects of planning your fishing trip is generating some cabin food ideas.
Just as you wouldn’t go camping without packing the supplies for s’mores, no fishing trip to Alaska is complete without some delicious dinners (or lunches, or breakfasts!) incorporating fresh fish. Types of fish in Alaska include Pacific salmon (sockeye, pink, chinook, coho), Pacific halibut, shellfish, flatfish, (more…)
Having an above ground or in-ground pool is an excellent way to transform your outdoor environment, and help to create a paradise that your family can relax in all summer long.
But have you ever thought about your pool’s energy efficiency? To the environmentally minded, swimming pools can seem like a great waste of energy and resources.
But don’t empty out your pool just yet. Luckily, there are ways to ensure that you pool is energy efficient, and running as responsibly as possible.
Here are three ways to make your pool more energy efficient:
Tip No. 1: Check Your Equipment
One of the biggest culprits for an inefficient pool is out of date, poorly functioning pool equipment. When your pool equipment isn’t functioning at peak performance, it takes twice (more…)
If you value sportsmanship and want your children to do the same, cheerleading and tumbling classes might be the activity for your family.
In addition to sportsmanship, cheerleading will increase your child’s strength, flexibility and balance. In fact, cheerleading is often so intense that it will teach your young athletes skills that will easily transfer into dance as well as a variety of other sports.
Staffed by qualified tumbling instructors, using trained spotting techniques, your child will learn safe ways to execute front and back rolls, backbends, cartwheels and walkovers in beginning tumbling classes. Other tumbling exercises concentrate on team work and synchronization.
Homeowners fortunate enough to have a pool know just how joyful it is to return home and swim in your very own aquatic space. Especially during those hot summer days, pools provide a source of comfort that in many ways is unmatched.
Still, homeowners with pools also know just how much work it takes to get full use out of the pool — or, for that matter, to be able to safely use it at all! Neglecting to take care of your pool can cut its usability by half. Like anything else in a household, pools need to be consistently maintained. Pool maintenance can be tricky since there’s so much to take into account. In order to help any pool owners out there with pool sanitization and other upkeep responsibilities, here are three tips to keep in mind:
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