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How Gross are Public Pools?

 

What can I do to prevent this? There are a number of steps you can take:

1. Never, ever, ever swim when you have diarrhea.
2. Always, always, always shower (with soap!) before you swim.
3. Take bathroom breaks every hour, and wash your hands with soap.
4. If you’re taking care of a baby in a diaper, check it every 30-60 minutes. Don’t change their diaper near the pool.
5. Accompany young children to the bathroom every hour.
6. Don’t swallow pool water.

What about my kids? If you’re taking care of young children, you can:

1. Wash them off thoroughly with soap and water before getting in the pool.
2. For babies in diapers, check it every 30-60 minutes. Don’t change their diaper near the pool.
3. Accompany them to the bathroom every hour.
4. Teach them not to swallow pool water.

I’m clean, but what about everyone else? What can I do to make sure the water is safe? You can look for visual cues. Safe pools will be virtually odor-free, and the water will be clear enough to see anything painted on the bottom. You can also ask about the pool’s policies and procedures. Ask how often they check the pH and chlorine levels, what kind of training the staff receives, and how the health inspector graded the pool.

But the fail-safe method? Check out the pH and chlorine levels in the pool yourself. You can buy pool-testing strips at most hardware stores.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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7:39AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

yuck

2:57PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Gross!! I always swim at the river or a friend's house anyway, so it probably isn't as bad there.

1:13PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Thank you Geoff, but the fact is you read my comment and felt the urge to reply.... my work here is done.

10:27PM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Alison A Very sad

4:27AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

How Gross are Public Pools?
Do we really need to go into details?
Just think for a moment and realize the same water that is touching and soaking someones privates is going into peoples mouths, and then more.....OMG!!

1:14PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

YUCK! I'd rather cool myself off with a nice, tepid shower instead!

12:46PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

For 3 years I've had an ECOsmarte system which is copper ionization (NASA technology). No chlorine or salt generated chlorine. The copper electrode in the unit is an algaecide, bactericide & kills viruses (runs at 0.4-0.7 ppm [EPA drinking water levels are 1.35ppm max]). The titanium/ platinum electrode gives your water a non-chlorine shock every time your pool pump runs. And it runs at a neutral pH (7). I could drink my pool water and we water our plants with the backwash from my filter! No more toxic fumes, headaches, itchy skin, red eyes, green hair or ruined bathing suits! Learn more at www.econorcal.com

1:29PM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Thanks for the article.

8:18AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

ty

4:05AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Thank you very much for the infos.

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