Labor Day is one of the most popular holidays for backyard pool owners to have a party. It can be a wonderful day, with guests raving about how much fun it was, or a day that is not-so good; a day that leaves guests vowing never to come to your home again for a pool party. How it goes depends on you. At Anchor Pools & Spas, we have some tips for you that will make sure your party goes off without a hitch.
Checklist for Labor Day Pool Party Preparation
There are a few things you can do ahead of time to make sure your party guests have a good time.
- Pool Maintenance. Make sure your pool water is clear and the chemicals are properly balanced. It is not chlorine in the water that causes swimmers to have itchy skin and watery eyes, but unbalanced water, such as incorrect pH levels, or insufficient sanitizer levels.
- Backyard preparation. Mow the grass, sweep the patio, refresh potted plants. As much as possible, treat areas to get rid of pests. Keep insect repellent handy for those who might need it more than others.
- Decorations. You might want to add tiki torches and other lights in the trees and shrubs and along the fence. Do Not string lights across the pool. If a string should break and lights fall into the pool the risk of shock or electrocution is great.
- Music. There is nothing that says pool party more than music by the Beach Boys or Jimmy Buffett. Don’t be surprised if your guests sing along.
- Food. Along with the usual potato salad, beans, hamburgers, and hot dogs, add in some veggie burger patties. There is now a big selection and your vegetarian friends will be more than pleased.
How to Ensure Pool Safety is the Most Important Tip
Backyard pool parties are where tragedy strikes. Adults can get distracted quickly and it does not take long for a child to disappear under the water. Know the signs. The person does not shriek or call for help. They cannot yell while they are struggling for breath. The person does not thrash around in the water but is seen bobbing up and down. Train adults to watch for this. Also, consider hiring a lifeguard or having the parents take shifts throughout the night to be sure a prepared, sober adult is watching the pool area at all times.
For help in getting ready your pool ready for the big Labor Day backyard pool party, contact us at Anchor Pools & Spas. We will work with you to make sure your party is fun for all!