Just about everyone dreams of owning their own home at some point or another in life, and one of the biggest reasons? Having your own swimming pool. No matter where you live, or what kind of house you have, nothing says success like your own swimming pool.
Well, we just found a guy who was not going to be satisfied with just any old concrete pond. He custom built his own in-ground pool, using nature as his model. The results are stunning. If you are planning a pool project for next summer, you have to see this guy’s pool.
While we all want to have our own private backyard pool, there are a lot of safety considerations you must keep in mind, to ensure that everyone has a fun, safe day in the sun. Especially if kids are involved.
Heat stroke can be deadly. The early signs include cramping in the legs, light sweating suddenly followed by extremely heavy sweating, followed by no sweating at all, and headaches and nausea. A rapid pulse, disorientation and dizziness, and red dry skin are serious indicators to get medical attention immediately. Some ways you can protect yourself are to consume plenty of liquids, especially ones containing electrolytes, and by placing cool towels or ice bags near the groin and under the armpits. Despite our desire to imbibe, avoid alcohol and soft drinks since they actually act as diuretics, and may exacerbate the problem.
Sunburn can ruin anybody’s day, and can lead to serious long-term issues like skin cancer. The cumulative effects of long term sun worship can lead to wrinkling and funny looking moles, which may indicate dangerous problems. Remember to apply sunscreen to as much of, if not your whole body before heading out the beach. Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to reapply it every hour or so, and whenever you go into the water. Hats, umbrellas, and loose fitting garments are also great ideas to protect yourself.
Bug bites can be annoying or they can lead to potentially fatal illnesses and conditions. Make sure you pack the mosquito repellent in your go bag, but if you are allergic to bees and wasps, don’t forget your epi pen. If you are bitten, calamine lotion can offer sweet relief.
Drowning is a huge fear for many, and it is a danger, even for those who are experienced swimmers. Alway check the water conditions at the lifeguard station before diving in, and never, ever go swimming alone. Like backcountry hiking, this is one activity that can become life or death in the blink of an eye, so always have a buddy. And the same goes double for your kids. Don’t assume that, because there are lots of people around, that someone else has eyes on your children. Never let them out of your sight near any body of water, even if you are right in front of the lifeguard tower. he has a whole section of beach to patrol and may not see what you can.
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