July 11, 2013 : Staying Healthy This Summer

Staying Healthy This Summer

Summer is a time which has many of us spending more time outside and involved in more strenuous activities. Be sure that you’re aware of some of the dangers of direct sunlight and overheating the body. Even if you are in good shape, overdoing the exercise in hot weather can be dangerous. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy and cool this summer.

  1. Make sure you have plenty of water when the weather is hot. Your body needs lots of liquid to keep it cool. Water is the best option since it is cheap, readily available, and easy for your body to use. Sports drinks and fruit juices are additional alternatives that will help you to stay healthy. Carbonated drinks and especially carbonated drinks with caffeine can help you to stay cool, but the effects of carbonation and caffeine almost totally cancel out the benefits.
  2. Organize your outside activities so that you aren’t in the sun during the peak heat hours. Opt instead to stay inside or rest in the shade in the early afternoon. Plan any strenuous activities for early morning or after sunset.
  3. Include frequent breaks in your work or play outside. Resting in the shade or going inside for a few minutes out of every hour or two will help you to feel refreshed.
  4. Wear hats, sunglasses and light shirts to keep the sun off your skin and out of your eyes. If you look at the traditional clothing of people who live in hot climates, you will notice that they are as well covered as people in cold climates. They have learned that it is important to be protected from the sun.
  5. Wear sunscreen on all exposed skin. It’s easy to slather the stuff all over the little ones and forget to use it on ourselves. Sunburn and skin-cancer are not fun. The higher the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) the stronger the protection. Be careful with waterproof sunscreen, as it can be difficult to rinse it out of eyes.
  6. Keep air conditioning at a reasonable level. Have you felt faint walking out of a heavily air-conditioned store into the hot blast of outdoor air? Your body doesn’t adjust well to drastic changes of temperature and it doesn’t hurt your budget to keep the indoor a little closer to the outdoor temperature. Consider your long-term comfort when setting the air.
  7. Cool off in the swimming pool if you really want to be outside during the heat. Public swimming pools are a great way to spend time cooling off and enjoying the summer time with friends. If you’re worried about the cleanliness of a public swimming pool, don’t worry, almost all public swimming pools should be clean if they have been properly tested with a swimming pool test kit or water ph test strips.
  8. Watch for clammy skin or sudden tiredness. These can be signs of heat exhaustion or the start of sunstroke. Do not ignore! Anyone who experiences these symptoms should see a doctor.
  9. Nausea is a serious symptom. Unexplained vomiting is cause for an emergency room visit. Don’t ignore anything! Treat all “strange feelings” seriously.
  10. Pay attention to your body. If you feel hot or thirsty—do something about it! Get out of the heat and get a drink of water! Heat exhaustion and sunstroke rarely happen suddenly—we just ignore the warnings our bodies provide.

Swimming pool test strips make this a clean pool.

June 25, 2013 : What our pool test kits can test for

What our pool test kits can test for

Summer is here, which means plenty of time to get outside and cool off in the pool. If you're operating a pool this summer, be sure that the water you use is clean and free from common contaminants. Our pool test kits can test for a variety of factors in pool water including the following:

Bromine: Bromine tests are used to determine whether or not unsaturated compounds such as alkene and alkyne are present in the water.

Copper and iron: Copper and iron can sometimes be found in large concentrations of water, making the water appear discolored although not cloudy. This discoloration has the ability to stain surfaces in the swimming pool as well as the hair and nails of swimmers in the pool. Copper and iron can come from a variety of sources close to the pool and can be easily tested for as well as eliminated with proper care.

pH: A pH balance that is too high or too low can be too acidic or too alkaline respectively. These opposite ends of the spectrum can lead to a bevy of problems such as dissolving a pools surface, corroding pool equipment, water becomes murky, and swimmers will feel the discomfort of dry and itchy skin as well as a burning sensation in the eyes and noses.

Calcium hardness: If calcium hardness is not properly balanced in pool water and it becomes too high it can produce a crusty white scale on pool equipment and pool surfaces as well as make the water cloudy and make pool heaters inefficient. If the calcium hardness is too low, concrete pool surfaces will become pitted, grout will dissolve and plaster in the pool will be destroyed over time.

Cyanuric acid: Also known as chlorine stabilizer, it is included in some pool test kits in order to make sure that the sun’s ultraviolet rays do not consume the chlorine in your pool.

Our pool test kits also test for Chlorine including free and total chlorine and basic alkalinity levels. If you are look for a pool test kit to get your pool up and running this summer, Test Kit Central has the pool test kit you are looking for.

November 28, 2012 : How to Use a pH Test Strip

How to Use a pH Test Strip

Knowing the proper pH level of a liquid can be critical to many fields, from public facilities such as pools and water parks, to private facilities, such as home breweries and aquarium enthusiasts. Knowing that you have the proper pH level can make all the difference in the world. Since a person can’t tell what a pH level is just by looking at a liquid, one of the best ways to test pH levels is to use a pH strip. In order to use a pH strip, take the following steps.

  • Remove the strip from its original packaging.
  • Submerge the reaction zone of the strip into the solution for 3-5 seconds or until color change ceases.
  • Continue the process by extracting the strip from the liquid being tested; be sure to wipe the strip along the edge of the unit in which the liquid is being held in order to remove excess liquid from the pH strip.
  • At this point, once the pH test strip has completed its color transformation, you will need to refer back to the packaging that your pH test strips came with in order to find out what the color of the strip corresponds to on the pH scale. The scale goes from 0 – 14, with 0 having the highest amount of acidic properties and 14 having the most base properties.

That’s all there is to it, remember that no matter what you need pH strips to test, Test Kit Central has a wide variety of options available to help you.

October 31, 2012 : pH testing strips are used in many environments

pH testing strips are used in many environments

Previously we covered what a pH test strip can be used for, but have you ever wondered exactly why a pH test strip would be needed in the first place? pH levels can be important in many various industries and environments because the pH level of a living organism is crucial to proper function. This means that everyone from people working in the health care industry to people who brew beer are typically concerned about where an organisms pH level is.

To begin with, pH stands for ‘potential of hydrogen’ when a substance is high in acid, it releases more hydrogen into the environment, and the opposite end of this spectrum, alkaline substances remove hydrogen from an organism, so when you’re using a pH strip, you’re testing how much hydrogen is in a substance.

Why is any of this important? Because in a human’s body, there must be a balance to pH levels, you will commonly hear this referred to as a pH balance, and each system and organ has its own unique balance. Saliva, for example, has a balance level of 6.5, while urine is ideal at 6.8.

While pH strips can be used to test bodily fluids such as urine and saliva, they are also used in many other fields. The levels of hydrogen in beer and wine are tested via pH strips. Nurseries use pH strips to test their soil to make sure that the acidic levels are proper for certain species to thrive in, while other species thrive in soil with denser alkalinity. You will commonly see aquarium owners using pH strips to make sure that the water in their tanks are optimal for the fish living in them.

pH test strips have many different uses across many fields, call or email today if you have any questions on how pH testing strips can assist you.