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Hurricane Season - Safety Tip #3 - Prior to a storm, please prepare your pool areas!
DECKS: Make sure as much water as possible drains from the deck as quickly as possible. Test how well your deck drains by using a garden hose to spray water on the deck and watching how quickly the water disappears. Most pools have a plastic slotted deck drain designed to take water from the slab to the yard. If you have an acrylic painted deck, some of the slats may be painted over. Carefully use a small flat screwdriver to push the paint through and open the slats. If there is dirt inside the drain, you can insert a garden hose from one side and try to flush it out with water. Bring in any patio furniture or items that may be blown about. Some waterproof pool furniture can be sunk in the pool itself, but do not put any metal or glass items into your pool.
POOLS: Never empty your pool. Pools that have been emptied may experience serious structural problems and could even be lifted off their foundations. If your pool overflowing poses a flood risk to your home, it is recommended you lower the water level only 6-12 inches to a nearby grassy area to allow for heavy rains. Ensure that your water is properly treated, as it may become a good source of water for washing and flushing should the utility water fail during or after the storm. All electric power should be turned off at the circuit breakers before the storm hits.
For more information with regards to Hurricane preparedness, please visit Flagler County Emergency Services on Facebook or check out their website; http://www.flaglercounty.org/document_center/Emergency%20Management/FlaglerDPG2018lite.pdf