My husband and I are brand new to owning a pool, and are having an above ground pool put in Sept. In Northern Illinois that means we have maybe a week to use it so we have all these considerations of opening and closing within weeks of each other, and whether it’s even worth it to try to swim this year. We don’t really know where to begin and are blissfully ignorant of the work required right now!! We also have 3 kids 3 years and younger so ANY AND ALL tips about how to keep the pool safe, how to keep our kids safe, which life jackets or floaties PLEASE let me know. I’m trying to be a sponge!!!