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Swimming Pool Safety Tips

dog in funny floppy hat and sunglasses on chaise lounge by swimming poolThe first day of summer is right around the corner and pool season is already in full swing. Among warm-weather favorites, almost everyone loves swimming. Whether in your own pool at home, community pool, or a pond or lake, water safety is something everyone should be conscious of. Here are a few tips that will keep you safe while enjoying one of summer’s favorite pastimes:

Welcome Summer!

young girl blowing on dandelions, scattering petalsAs a kid, summer started for most of us the moment the afternoon bell rang on the last day of school. Remember the giddy exhilaration you felt as you burst through the doors and raced from the building with your friends? A glorious world awaited, full of trips to the beach, ballgames, swimming and exploring.

I’m old enough to remember when the pinnacle of summer fun included riding bikes, racing across open fields, picking wild strawberries and climbing trees. When dusk fell, my friends and I chased fireflies, told ghost stories and played hide-and-seek.

Lighting up the Night

fireflies twinkling in foliageThe heat is ratcheting off the charts this week. July in Central PA usually brings an increase in humidity, thunderstorms roll through with familiar frequency and fireflies are abundant. Did you know the firefly is the state insect of Pennsylvania?

When I was a kid we called them lightning bugs. Many people still refer to them that way, particularly in our state where the term is popular. Some less common names include glow fly, moon bug and garden sparkler.

Welcome Summer

close up of happy young girl doing a headstandAs a kid, summer started for most of us the moment the afternoon bell rang on the last day of school. Remember the giddy exhilaration you felt as you burst through the doors and raced from the building with your friends? A glorious world awaited, full of trips to the beach, ballgames, swimming and exploring.

I’m old enough to remember when the pinnacle of summer fun included riding bikes, racing across open fields, picking wild strawberries and climbing trees. When dusk fell, my friends and I chased fireflies, told ghost stories and played hide-and-seek.