Poolside essentials

18531332 - life buoy on  a wooden paneled wall with copy spaceYour Skovish pool is in place, the water features bubbling, the landscape turning your backyard into a resort-like retreat.

While you probably went into this with the perfect bathing suit in hand, there’s still a little more shopping to do to make your poolscape complete. It’s time to accessorize, something you can do in a leisurely style as you get a feel for how you’ll use this new playground.

And you’ll find most of everything you need at our outlets in Luzerne and Shickshinny!

Here are few things to think about:

  • Safety first! In addition to the fundamental life buoy hanging on the gate, pick up a life hook and rescue pole. It’s fashioned to “hook” someone struggling in the water so that you can pull them to safety, even without their cooperation. When seconds count, it’s a life-saver. Other things to consider: a cell phone prominently placed and dedicated to calling 911, a plastic-encased poster showing how to perform CPR and, of course, a first-aid kit for the minor bumps and bruises that come along.
  • Make yourself comfortable! That’s key… not only should your patio furniture look good, but it should feel good, too. Of course, you’ll want it made of materials that withstand the weather, though you should still store it away for the winter. From there, look for versatility. An ottoman can double as seating when you have a crowd. And while you’ll want the occasional table, something you can use for an intimate pool-side brunch, you can also put benches to use in a pinch to set out an assortment of finger-foods at your next pool party. Another consideration: Look into an awning of sorts that will give you a shady corner. In the heat of summer, it’s a welcome chaser to a quick dip in the pool.
  • Let’s get this party going! From family-friendly affairs to cocktail hours, there are things you’ll want to keep close at hand. Start with unbreakable glasses; the last thing you want is broken glass underfoot. Gather an assortment of pool toys, noodles, inner-tubes, beach balls and more. A few floats are always fun; have you seen the one shaped like a huge slice of pizza? And toss in some goggles, swim boards and Coast Guard-approved life jackets for your novice guests. Finally, invest in a big, weather-proof storage bin where you can keep them when not in use.

This gives you a start; as time goes on, you can add the floatable Bluetooth speakers, mini-fridge, and other fun embellishments. Enjoy!

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