WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - It's official, school is out for summer in Texoma. Now, kids will be making their way to the pools, splash pads and water parks around the area for some fun. But making sure those places are safe is key to having an enjoyable summer.
Officials with Camp Fire and Castaway Cove Waterpark are prepping up for Memorial Day weekend.
"We have about 20 lifeguards on a stand at a time. We constantly are supervising the water," Zachary Vaughn, Aquatics Manager at Castaway Cove Waterpark said.
"We have someone on the stand there at the deep end and someone on the stand at the shallow end and then we've hired eight or nine lifeguards," Bettye Ricks, Executive Director of Camp Fire North Texas said.
Pool maintenance businesses in the area are also busy with residents trying to make sure their pools are ready for the weekend.
"It's always one of our busiest weekends," said Jimmy Cooper, Sales Representative for Outback Pools & Spas.
Along with making sure you're purchasing the right products, you also need to keep your water clean and clear.
"The main thing is you want your chlorine level to be between two and four. Of course, your pH is one of the main things, especially if it's a chlorine pool. Because any time your pH is a 7 or above, chlorine is only about 10% effective as it normally should be. So we definitely want to keep an eye on those pH level," Cooper said.
If you don't keep those chemical levels where they need to be, you could have some issues with algae bacteria among other things. Cooper said to spend at least 20 to 30 minutes a day on pool maintenance to make sure you have an enjoyable summer. The Camp Fire pool opens tomorrow from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. It costs $2 per person to get in. You do not have to be a Camp Fire member to use this pool. You can bring a picnic lunch and don't forget the towels and sunscreen.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6