Most people associate swimming pools with good times and happy children. But unfortunately many do no fully evaluate all the risks involved in swimming at a public pool. And while this is not meant at all to scare you aware from the water, I hope you gain some valuable information to help you be better prepared for any risks that may cross your path.
Public pools can be gross, and kids aren’t the only ones to blame. 17% of adults admit to peeing in the pool (while I think that many won’t admit to it). Interestingly enough, 78% believe that fellow swimmers are guilty of peeing in the pool. Also, urine, sweat, and sunscreen can actually cause the chlorine to be eliminated sooner. Without chlorine a pool would be overrun with nasty bacteria.
So how do you protect yourself, your family, and other swimmers?
Here’s a few tips:
- Don’t swim if you’d been having diarrhea or other stomach problems.
- Ask the staff in charge of the pool how they keep it clean and how often they check the chemical levels.
- Make sure that children take bathroom breaks often and that diapers are changed only in approved areas.
- Shower before you swim so you don’t bring anything with you into the water.
- Do Not Swallow Pool Water. There is nasty stuff in there and it can make you very sick!
Do you go to a community pool to swim? Do you follow precautions to stay safe?