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Public Swimming Pool Health Safety

It’s likely that you have taught your children that peeing the pool is not acceptable. Chances are, you urge them to get out of the water at least every thirty minutes to go to the bathroom, right? Well when it comes to public pools, there may or may not be parents in attendance who will do the same. Chances are, there are no parents in sight because the public pools typically provide on-site lifeguards.

If you or your child are swimming in a public pool, you just might be swimming in quite a bit of urine. When you have your own swimming pool, you can rest assured that not only are your children getting out of the water to use the bathroom, but that the water is clean and clear and free of bacteria.

Some may not consider urinating in a public pool to be a problem, but frankly it can pose a health hazard, especially to individuals who may have a compromised immune system. If you have a cut or a scrape and are in a public pool, you may also be in danger of an infection from a swim in a public pool.

A new study from Purdue University found that uric acid (which comes from human urine) reacts with chlorine and can produce cyanogen chloride (CNCI) and trichloramine (NC13) potentially harmful for individuals who spend a lot of time in a public pool. CNCI can damage your eyes and respiratory organs. NC13 has been linked to chronic health problems and asthma.

There is an urban legend that abounds that says that if you urinate in a public pool the water around you will turn a bright red or blue. That is a legend as there is no such dye available to tell if someone is using the public pool as a bathroom.

Another health issue with a public pool is that not all swimmers shower before jumping into the water. Showering prior to a swim will wash off sweat, dirt and other bodily fluids and help keep the water cleaner. When you have your own pool, you have much more control over what the swimmers do before, during and after using your pool.

Owning a private swimming pool can be a bonus as most pool owners properly clean and maintain their pool. If you’re interested in a pool this season, contact us now to schedule your pool opening, cleaning or for new construction.

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