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Yuck! Most Kids Don't Shower Before Using Public Pools

From Live Science

RWI, or Recreational Water Illnesses, are one of the scariest and least understood of dangers that are lurking around inside swimming pools.  While most people find it a normal and appropriate act to take a shower after swimming, says this post from Live Science, a very small percentage of parents consider showering prior to swimming an appropriate act.  These parents consider it the responsibility of the swimming pool staff to ensure the safety of the pool.  This is a dangerous and misguided misconception, and must be rectified to prevent the spread of water-borne illnesses.

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Essential Outdoor Sun Safety Tips for Winter

From Penobscot Bay Pilot

Unfortunately, the wonderful sunny days of summer have come and gone.  The leaves are changing, the kids are back in school, and the swimming pool is gettting ready to close up for the long, blustery winter.  What may come as a surprise to most, however, is that the need to protect your family's skin from the harsh, damaging rays of the sun doesn't go away with the passing of the seasons.  This post from Penobscot Bay Pilot gives some useful and informative tips about Ultra Violet protection from the sun during the winter months, which will help keep the potential for skin cancer at bay until Summer comes around again.

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6 things you must know about going solar

From Yahoo Homes

Swimming Pool owners have a special attachment to the outdoors.  They love using their pool and their outdoor living space, which is why they took the plunge and installed the swimming pool in the first place.  What new swimming pool owners sometimes don't fully comprehend is the increased costs that are associated with ownership.  The costs of electricity, gas, and water are sometimes a big surprise to some new owners.  Some owners are looking to alternative technologies to help mitigate the costs of ownership.  This post from Yahoo Homes gives some great tips on one such technology, Solar power.

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Introducing Hot Tub Yoga for Beginners Video

From Swim University

Getting and staying in shape requires a great commitment.  Fighting against motivation, boredom, injuries, and other life issues that consume one's time are always obstacles that stand in the way of being fit.  Many workout warriors are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to work out, have fun, and stay motivated.  This video from Matt Giovanisci of Swim University presents a 50-minute video with one such method: Hot Tub Yoga.  Combining a water-based workout with Yoga and a twist of Bikram, this video and method might just be the method that keeps you motivated to get and stay fit!

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Tips to keep bees away from your pool

From APSP

There is nothing that can ruin a perfect summer day around one's inground swimming pool like swarming pests.  While bees don't transmit diseases like mosquitoes and ticks, they can certainly provide a sting that will ruin one's day at the swimming pool.  This post from the APSP gives some great tips on how to repel and control these pests that are actually beneficial to one's garden, but not to a fun day around the swimming pool.

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Pools From Space

From AQUA

Ever wonder how many inground swimming pools exist in the United States?  How about which state in the union that has the most inground swimming pools?  This post from AQUA shows a recent survey from P.K. Data on swimming pools in the United States, and provides some unexpected results.  Additionally, there is a startling image that represents what the concentrations of swimming pools would look like from a low-earth orbit satellite.

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Landscape Lighting Ideas

From Landscaping Network

Designing an inground swimming pool or outdoor living space is complicated, involving many moving parts.  What most people don't realize is that with all the energy placed into space allocation, traffic patterns, swimming pool placement, plant species, material choices for hardscape, grading, drainage, etc. etc.,;precious little energy is often placed into the nighttime use of the space.  Skilled designers realize that after the sun goes down, the fun really begins.  Properly designed and installed landcape lighting is crucial to enjoy and accentuate a sublime landscape design after dark.  This post from Landscaping Network discusses the finer points of landscape lighting design to ensure that your own backyard paradise doesn't go dark when the sun goes down.

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