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Protect your pool in a storm

Sugie and Charlie Jones stand beside the pool in the mangled back yard of their home in Navarre after Hurricane Dennis in July 2005. The Joneses had repaired and rebuilt their pool and deck after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, only to be hit again by Dennis.

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Sugie and Charlie Jones stand beside the pool in the mangled back yard of their home in Navarre after Hurricane Dennis in July 2005. The Joneses had repaired and rebuilt their pool and deck after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, only to be hit again by Dennis.

What should you do with the pool if a tropical storm or hurricane is heading your way? Orlando Sentinel

• Keeping sufficient water levels in your pool provides the important weight to hold the sides and bottom in place, especially when heavy rains that accompany most storms raise the local water table. Never empty your pool. Pools that have been emptied can experience serious structural problems and could even be lifted off their foundation.

• If your pool is properly equipped with adequate drains and skimmers and the surrounding area is properly drained, the water level can probably be left as it is. Clear the area around any deck drains to allow maximum water flow off your deck.

•Super-chlorinate the pool water. You should "shock the pool" in your normal manner.

• Turn off electric power at the circuit breakers before the storm hits.

• Don't forget to properly store toys and patio furniture; they can become flying projectiles in your pool area.

•Never put any items of glass, such as tables, into your pool. If the glass did shatter on the deck or in the pool, it would be almost impossible to locate and remove every small sliver.

• Remember to close an umbrella to prevent the wind from sending it skyward. High winds can overturn an open umbrella fitted into a patio table, causing the table to fall over and, if glass, shatter on your deck.

Protect your pool in a storm 07/16/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 16, 2009 7:01pm]

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