Doing your best to make sure everyone stays healthy in your pool should be a top priority for you as a pool owner (see Part 1). Here are some more ways you can accomplish that worthy goal.
Require Little Ones to Wear Swim Diapers
Any child who is not fully potty trained should wear swim diapers in the pool. They make disposable ones you can throw away or you could buy some reusable ones to save money. As long as they’re designed specifically for use in the pool, either type of diaper should work well. Be sure not to use a regular disposable diaper in the pool as it will end up absorbing way too much water. If you’re with a small child who is wearing a swim diaper, check them and change them regularly throughout the day.
Give Everyone a Break From the Pool for a While Each Hour
Have you ever been to a municipal pool? Normally the lifeguard will blow the whistle and make everyone get out of the pool for about ten minutes at the end of the hour. This gives the lifeguard a chance to take a break. It’s also a great time for all the swimmers to take a much-needed restroom break. Following the same pattern for your backyard pool will help encourage everyone not to use the pool as a toilet! Supervise kids to make sure they’re following good hand-washing techniques after they use the restroom before returning to the water.
Test the Pool Water Before You Swim
If you’re at home, you should test your pool water regularly. If you’re on vacation or you’re on the go and you’re swimming at a commercial pool, consider using a portable test strip. These handy tests will tell you if the pool’s chemical levels are properly balanced. Just like you shouldn’t swim in your own pool if it’s not chemically balanced, you don’t want to swim in an unbalanced hotel or city pool, either. Be sure to let the pool or hotel manager know if the test strip reveals unsafe pool water.
Tell Everyone Not to Drink the Pool Water!
It’s perfectly normal for swimmers to end up accidentally drinking a small amount of pool water. However, swallowing large amounts of pool water isn’t a good idea. Some kids like to try to hold water in their mouths and then spit it at each other. This isn’t a good idea either, because they can end up swallowing the water or getting their germs all over their friends. Teach kids to close their mouths and plug their noses anytime they go underwater. This is good advice for adults too. Make sure there’s some refreshing water nearby for swimmers to drink if they get thirsty, so they won’t be tempted to gulp pool water.
Paying attention to proper hygiene and following these other common-sense tips is a great way to enjoy a happy, healthy pool season. If you follow these simple tips, you can cut down on your chances of getting sick in the pool this summer.
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