If you have an unblinking eye like myself, you’ll find yourself catching a lot of things that other people simply miss. For instance, anytime I’m around a swimming pool, I can see all the immediate dangers and threats around me. I find it shocking how so many people can neglect these things and continue on their day. Nonetheless, I wanted to make this post to give your unblinking eye something to pay attention to around water, specifically swimming pools.
You can drown in even the smallest and most insignificant amounts of water. From inches in a bathtub to a bucket full of water. The thing about swimming pools is that most of them have lifeguards on duty, ready to save you if you need it. Even still, relying on someone else to save you in the case of an emergency is a hard thought to swallow. Just be fully aware that the amount of water is insignificant when it comes to present dangers.
While swimming pools are excellent sources of relaxation and even exercise, there are some hidden dangers that even the most training unblinking eye can have a hard time noticing. When it comes to swimming in a pool, it’s CRITICAL that the pool has been kept up to date with maintenance and service. A pool that hasn’t been properly cleaned poses some serious health risks. Anything from algae and bacteria to even some forms of cancer.
This ties into the point listed above, a pool that hasn’t been properly maintained or serviced could pose a risk of way too much chlorine. Typically if you can smell the chlorine from outside the pool, there’s too much of it. Remember, chlorine is an irritant to humans and is the reason in which pool managers have to regulate the amount of chlorine in a pool. Any swimming pool that is being chlorinated is subject to DBPs (disinfectant by-products) which are agents that the chlorine mixes within the swimming pool such as urine, saliva, hair, skin, feces, sunscreen, the list goes on.
Remember, if you can smell chlorine, there is TOO much. If you suspect there is too much chlorine, report it to someone in charge.
If you’re an indoor swimming, you should spend some time looking for a well-ventilated pool. Avoiding swimming pools that simply recirculate air instead of using fresh air.
It’s best to avoid swimming pools that don’t insist on cleanliness. Something else you can do to reduce DBPs is to bathe with soap and water before you jump in the pool.
Don’t let your kids pee or spit in the pool! Not only is it unsanitary, it helps the formation of DBPs which we want to avoid.
If you’re looking for more information about pool sanitation or proper pool maintenance, an excellent resource for you to use is Aquadynamics Pool & Spa Care’s website. There is a lot of valuable information there for both pool owners and pool lovers. Keep yourself educated so you too can stay safe when enjoying a swimming pool this summer.