During a summer heat wave, there is nothing more refreshing than diving into the water to cool off. Some people are lucky enough to live near the ocean, rivers or lakes clean and fresh. Many of us, however, simply do not have this option, and turn public swimming pools for our enjoyment.
However, although we may feel that these places are safe as long as we keep an eye on children and do not stay in the pool, there may be more dangers in the water than we think.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a disturbing report after an inspection of about 50,000 public water facilities, including public pools, hot tubs, and water parks in five states was conducted by the Network for inspecting water facilities Surveillance (NAFIS). The five states surveyed were from Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Texas. These states were chosen because they are home to the “highest estimated accounts of public water facilities” in the United States, according to the CDC.
The CDC report found, alarmingly, 80 percent of the sites surveyed had at least one violation of security. One in eight violations was serious enough to force the immediate closure of the venue. Perhaps even more alarming is that the pools once play one out of five children of the insured was immediately closed because of any significant violation.
Three violations were highlighted as the most common. Fifteen percent of the violations had to do with improper pH of pool water. Thirteen percent of the sites had “inadequate” safety equipment and twelve percent had an “inadequate concentration of disinfectant.”
This is significant, because if the pH of pool water is not well balanced, or if sanitizer levels are not added correctly, swimmers can experience burning eyes and skin. The low pH can even corrode metal fixtures in the pool itself. PH can lead to high pool of muddy water, which makes it harder for a lifeline (or their parents) to detect someone in danger.
team wrong security is obviously a big problem, because if someone is drowning and safety equipment is not available, or exists but is not suitable for the job, someone could lose his life.
Two dangers the CDC warns of the pool are loose drains, and inadequate supervision of lifeguards. The CDC explains that if a drain cover is loose, you can pull swimmers under water and drown. As for life jackets and safety equipment, always check to see if a lifeguard on duty, and make sure they are watching closely the pool.
If you are visiting a swimming pool where lifeguards are on duty, make extra sure that you are in service, and access to safety equipment if needed.
According to Michele Hlavsa, chief program Healthy swimming CDC:
“We should all check inspection results online or on site before using public swimming pools, hot tubs or water play areas and do our own inspection before entering the water. ”
Along with checking online, make sure the water is clear when it comes to the pool. To make an extra effort to safety, the CDC states that can bring a strip to the pool to test the pH itself. It can be purchased at a pool store or a hypermarket that takes. Proper pH of a pool should be between 7.2 and 7.8.
As a side note, even if a pool is safe, all the chlorine is not good for you , especially if swimming in it often. There are alternatives in some areas, such as pools treated with ozone or ionizers. If this is not an option in your area, be sure to shower before and after swimming, and swimming wear goggles to protect your eyes if you’re underwater diving.
This summer, water fun, but remember to stay safe! If an installation is incomplete comments online, or just does not look good when you arrive, go elsewhere!
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