With the recent update on Hurricane Irma as a Stage 5 storm, it’s time to take safety precautions for your family and for your home. As most Floridians know, there is more to hurricanes than shuttering your house and gassing up the car. Follow these tips to ensure your family and home’s safety:
For your Family
Basic Supplies Kit
- Battery-powered radio
- First aid Kit
- Extra batteries
- Manual can opener for food
- Backup phone chargers
For your Pool
- Ensure proper drainage. Heavy rains are to be expected with a hurricane and that means drainage is very important. Pool decks can collect a lot of water if they do not drain properly. Make sure that there is a drainage system in place and functioning which can bring water from the deck away from the house and pool.
- Remove loose items. Make sure all patio furniture or backyard décor is safely put away (including barbeques or grills). It’s also helpful to remove any loose tree branches, palm fronds and other organic material that could be dangerous or get blown into your pool.
- Turn off pool equipment. Make sure pump motors, lighting, chlorinators and heaters are not operating during the storm.out
- Don’t drain your pool. In order to maintain its ‘structural integrity’, leave pool water as is to ensure walls don’t cave in due to flooding or high winds.
- Shock your pool. Add extra chlorine to the water to prevent bacteria and algae growth. Rainwater is naturally acidic and can mess with the pH balance and cleanliness of the water. In addition, with the heavy rains from the hurricane, the pool water can get diluted so extra chlorine helps keep things balanced.
All Florida Pool & Spa Center can help you get your pool ready for a hurricane. Call today for more information about what All Florida Pool & Spa Center can do for you!
Posted: June 20, 2013 | Revised: September 5, 2017