Recent articles that have appeared online about swimming pool safety and swimming pool maintenance showed some surprising facts about what some people in this country do in relation to their swimming pool that should be addressed.
Swimming Pool Health and Safety Issues
A recent article that appeared on Yahoo Finance noted some interesting statistics and ideas about swimming pools:
- The Water Quality and Health Council found that 81% of Americans believe that others are most likely urinating in swimming pools while 20% actually admit that they have used a pool as if it was a toilet. Ewwwww!
- Because of contamination concerns, it is recommended that swimmers wash with soap and water BEFORE hitting the pool to get rid of any germs they can to help protect themselves and others in the swimming pool.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that chlorine and pH levels be checked regularly before jumping into the swimming pool. This should be done approximately three times a week, especially if the swimming pool is being used often in the summer time. You may even want to take some of the test strips with you on vacation to test the hotel pool before you use it.
- Don’t use or let your children use the swimming pool if they have had diarrhea recently or still have it. The swimming pool water can easily spread the contaminants, making other swimmers sick.
- Don’t drink the water! Teach children to keep their mouth closed when in the swimming pool as much as possible so that they do not risk sipping contaminated water.
- Be sure that all those using the swimming pool know the basic safety rules around and in the swimming pool to keep everyone safe.
Swimming Pool Safety and Continued Drowning Cases
While the aforementioned items are important, what is even more critical is the fact that drowning cases in swimming pools continue throughout the United States, and nearly every case could have been avoided if swimming pool safety had been the priority.
Just recently, some drowning cases were reported in Sacramento, California, including a two-year old and a 14-month old. In total, there were five drowning and near-drowning incidents in a week in this area of the country alone.
All cases share similarities – there were no safety fences around the pool or other safety pool devices in place, and the children were left unattended nearby to a swimming pool.This is a recipe for disaster.
As a father of two boys and as a swimming pool professional, I cannot stress the importance of swimming pool safety enough! I gladly install safety devices for swimming pools or work with other professionals that can ensure that your loved ones and their friends are safe in and around the swimming pool all year round!
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