Stay Safe This Summer
Here are some tips to protect you and your kids when the temperatures rise and the public pool is the only thing that will cool the heatwave:
Don’t swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea.
For public pools, check the pool, hot tub, and water playground inspection scores.
Confirm your Chlorine and pH levels. CDC recommends pH 7.2–7.8 and a free chlorine concentration of at least 1 ppm in pools and at least 3 ppm in hot tubs/spas.
Try not to swallow the water.
Take small children on frequent bathroom breaks.
Shower before getting into a pool and after getting out of the pool.
Listen for the sound of a working pool pump.
Change diapers in a diaper-changing area and away from the water.
A Clean Pool Doesn’t Smell
When entering a pool, the scent of chlorine shouldn’t be a green light to jump right in. What you’re smelling isn’t clean water. It is, in fact, the opposite.
Properly treated swimming pools do not have a strong chemical odor. When chlorine in pool water combines with substances such as dirt, body oils, sweat, urine, and fecal matter from swimmers' bodies, chemical irritants called chloramine are produced.
“It is chloramines in pool water, not chlorine, that give off that chemical odor and cause swimmers’ eyes to sting and redden
So that strong smell that hits your nose signifies that the pool’s water is dirty and should have its chlorine and pH levels tested. Once chloramines levels reach a point where you can smell them, they can irritate your eyes, skin, and nose.
Germs like crypto, E. coli, and giardia are spread in public pools where chlorine and pH levels are too low. Symptoms of all three illnesses include diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, and stomach cramps.
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Germs In The Pool
Of the outbreaks caused by bacteria and viruses, 58% were caused by cryptosporidium, which causes diarrhea that can last for up to 3 weeks. Thirteen percent were from pseudomonas, which causes hot tub rash and swimmer’s ear. Another 16% came from legionella, which causes Legionnaire’s disease and a milder illness with flu-like symptoms known as Pontiac fever.
Crypto is highly resistant to chlorine, which makes it hard to kill once it’s in the water. “Swallowing just a mouthful of water with crypto in it can make otherwise healthy kids and adults sick for weeks with watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Every year, at least 15 to 20 outbreaks of diseases, like stomach bugs and diarrhea, are linked to swimming in public pools, according to the CDC.
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