How safe is that pretty pool at your vacation getaway?

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A pool is a popular addition to any resort.

 

Some airports have even installed pools for passengers to relax in between flights.

 

The fact is, if you are in a hot and steamy climate, there is nothing quite as refreshing as jumping into a pool to chill out. It is also a top choice for those that want to get some exercise without getting overheated. One big problem with pools though is whether or not they are clean enough.

A swimming pool might look crystal clear and inviting but it could still harbor some dangerous contamination. Apparently the chlorine that is used to keep pools looking great might not be keeping the E. coli contamination at a safe level.

 

Even thinking about the chance of their being E. coli in the pool is just plain gross. It is very high on the “cootie” list. It comes from poop and if you are in a public pool thin it is highly likely that there is some E. coli there because someone pooped in the pool-yuck!

 

The chances of E. Coli (of 161 pools tested) :

 

Public municipal pools-70% of the filters tested positive.

Water parks -66 % tested positive.

Private club pools- almost 50% tested positive.

 

What can you do to avoid adding E. coli to a swimming pool or being affected by it?

 

1. Wash off before jumping in.

Apparently we are all carrying around some E. coli, according to scientists, about .14 grams and we need soap to wash it off.

 

2. Don’t swim when you are sick with diarrhea.

 

3. make sure you have adequate levels of chlorine in your own pool.

This is especially true of those who have children in diapers enjoying the pool.

 

4. Don’t swallow the water (which also means not spitting the water at anyone).

 

5. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.

 

If there is the proper amount of chlorine in the pool and the PH levels are where they should be, the E. coli will be killed off in less than one minute. Testing the pool is very simple and a test kit is something that every homeowner should have.

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