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Children & Water Safety

The Pool Man, Inc. considers water safety to be very important.  Our friends at The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services have provided the information below to help spread the word about pool and water safety for children.   Please take a moment to read this important information.  It just may save a life!

A Water Safety Message from The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

As the temperatures rise, many Texans head to the water for fun and to escape the heat. You play a key role in helping make sure kids stay safe around water. Whether you are a local community pool, help customers keep their pools running all summer long, or play a role in meeting families’ needs, you have a big part on helping families make good choices around water. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is committed to working with Texas communities to develop services and prevention campaigns to address child abuse and neglect before it ever starts. Working together, we can create a community that is water safety smart!

Already, more than 40 have drowned in Texas this year, including three siblings – ages 9, 10 and 11 – who were pulled from an apartment pool in Irving. Apartment pools can provide quick and convenient relief from the heat for their residents, but they typically don’t have lifeguards on duty so extra caution should be exercised. Children should always be watched around pool gates and enclosures. This past weekend, a child wondered off from his family at a water park and drowned. Even places where there are safety measures in place, it takes just a moment for a child to drown.

More than 400 children drowned in Texas in the last five years, most of them between Memorial Day and Labor Day. And a child can drown wherever there’s water: so far this year, children have drowned in backyard and apartment swimming pools, ponds, bathtubs, a hot tub, a lake, at a marina on Galveston Bay – even in a septic tank. The Dallas-Fort Worth area continues to lead the state with 12 child drowning deaths so far this year, followed by the Houston area with nine.

Children under the age of one year most often drown inside the house, while older children most often drown outdoors. Outdoors, children most often drown in pools, especially backyard and apartment pools.  Most young children who drown in pools were out of sight less than five minutes and were in the care of one or both parents at the time.  Indoors, the bathtub is the most dangerous location.

We hope that you can help us reach more families across Texas and remind them to keep children safe around water.

For more statistics and information on water safety for kids, visit WatchKidsAroundWater.org

We’re asking you to help us remind all parents, caregivers, and adults to “watch kids around water” – not just during weekends but all summer long, and year-round. Consider posting information and safety tips where families will likely take notice or provide as a hand out. We’ve provided links to safety posters & tip cards below (in both English & Spanish).  Please forward this information to others who can join in this effort!

Basic Safety Tips
Tip Card

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Consejo de tarjeta

 

Tomball Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc. Supports the Ride 2 Recovery

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The Pool Man, Inc. is grateful to those who have served our country.  As supporters of our military, we wanted to inform you of the Ride 2 Recovery coming to Tomball this March.  Please read the following information to see how you can honor our brave men and women in the military, here in Tomball.  To find out more information or participate in this event, click here “Ride 2 Recovery“RIDE 2 RECOVERY” CYCLISTS TO STOP IN TOMBALL ON MARCH 23RD  More than 200 injured veterans and active duty military cyclists will stop in Tomball as part of the “Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge” on Sunday, March 23rd. Tomball will be the group’s first stop in its multi-day ride from Houston to Fort Worth. The “Ride 2 Recovery Challenge” provides physical and mental rehabilitation for our nation’s injured veterans and healing heroes with cycling as the core activity. As a part of the rehabilitation program, the service men and women are provided bikes to use, mechanical support, food, lodging and extracurricular activities. R2R custom adapts bikes to fit the injuries of the healing heroes. Escorted by the Tomball Police Department, the group will arrive in Tomball in four waves based on ability, and will enter town from the east on FM 2920. Each group will take a short break at the historic downtown Depot before continuing along Main Street to Four Corners, and then north on Business Highway 249 into Montgomery County. Mayor Gretchen Fagan is asking Tomball residents to honor these brave men and women by welcoming them at the Depot, or else lining Main Street and Business Highway 249 to cheer them on as they ride past. The first group is expected to arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.. The three other waves of cyclists should follow every 10 to 15 minutes thereafter. “Wear your red, white and blue, and wave Old Glory in downtown Tomball for these true American heroes,” said Fagan. “They were there for us, so now let’s be there for them here in Tomball.” As a Houston pool builder centrally located in the area of Tomball and Cypress, Pool Man Inc. offers custom pool designpool constructionswimming pool renovation, and pool maintenance Houston residents can trust. Since their start in 1981 as a Houston pool service company, Pool Man Inc. has been providing Tomball, Houston and Cypress pool owners the highest levels of service and quality. With the best industry craftsmen in Houston, pool designs are brought to life using soothing water features, outdoor and LED lighting, custom rock formations and grottos. Pool Man Inc. has received multiple pool design awards from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and was recently recognized by the Better Business Bureau as a Member of Distinction for 2013. For more Houston pool maintenance tips, pool design ideas and outdoor living articles, subscribe to their blog and YouTube Channel or ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the gallery on their website, and see what Pool Man Inc.’s award winning pool design and construction team can do for you. Ready to get started on your own backyard oasis? Contact the Houston pool builders and pool renovation experts at Pool Man Inc. today!  

Swimming and Pool Trivia To Share with Friends from The Pool Man, your Houston Pool Builder

  • Elephants can swim as many as 20 miles a day — they use their trunks as natural snorkels!
  • The bikini swimsuit was named after a U.S. nuclear testing site in the South Pacific called Bikini Atoll.
  • 65% of people in the U.S. don’t know how to swim.
  • The average person produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in his or her lifetime — that’s enough spit to fill TWO swimming pools!
  • In butterfly stroke and breaststroke, swimmers need to touch the pool with both hands simultaneously when they finish. Swimmers touch the pool with only one hand when they finish in freestyle and backstroke swimming events.
  • The most popular freestyle stroke is the crawl, considered the fastest stroke.
  • An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
  • Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs.
  • Swimming works out all of the body’s major muscles.
  • Swimming helps reduce stress.
  • Water’s buoyancy make swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise.
  • Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance, which is over ten times that of the air.
For our latest tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are a BBB (Better Business Bureau) accredited member, receiving the BBB Awards for Excellence for 2013 – Winner of Distinction

Happy Easter from your Houston Pool Builder

All of us at The Pool Man wishes everyone a great Easter weekend!

Recipe of the Month from your Houston Pool Builder

Cheesy Corn Dip 2 cups – Mayo, 2 cans – Mexican blend corn, 2 cups – shredded Mexican blend cheese, 1 cup – graded Parmesan cheese, chopped Jalapeno peppers to taste. Mix all ingredients in bowl and transfer to a 9″ X 9″ baking dish. Cook at 350 degrees until top is golden brown. (approx. 20 min.) Serve hot with tortilla chips, Ritz crackers, etc.  Enjoy! For more monthly recipes from your Houston Pool Builder, check out our blog or check us out on Facebook.

Pool Safety Tips from your Houston Pool Builder – The Pool Man, Inc.

Watching Children in and Around the Pool Keep an eye out for children in and around the pool area, Teach children basic water safety tips, Have a cell phone close by at all times while using the pool, And share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors. Check out this website for more safety information – www.poolsafely.gov

Veterans Day

Everyone here at The Pool Man salutes our veterans. Thank You and God Bless You!

Houston Pool Builders Chemical Safety Tip

As Houston Pool Builders, we know the dangers of pool chemicals and wanted to remind everyone about basic pool chemical storage.  Keep your pool chemicals in a well ventilated area with the containers sealed and keep them away from children.  An important note, if you keep your pool chemicals in the garage, the fumes can be corrosive to any metal objects.  One last safety issue – NEVER mix pool chemicals with each other.  Remember – SAFETY FIRST!

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Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone having to deal with these fires.  God Bless all the firefighters and volunteers!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

From all of us at The Pool Man – We wish everyone a Joyous and very Merry Christmas!