CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Ahead of the summer pool season, three public health agencies put out some gross statistics to get people to think before they plunge.
A survey of 3,100 adults in April, found 51% of them said they use a swimming pool as a communal bathtub.
According to the report, people use swimming as a substitute for showering or use the pool to rinse off after exercise or yardwork.
Worse yet, 40% of adults admit they’ve peed in the pool.
Another 24% said they would go in a pool within an hour of having diarrhea.
The point the health agencies are trying to make is when a person doesn’t rinse off before going in a pool, they are weakening the chemicals in the water meant protect swimmers.
“When dirt, sweat, personal care products, and other things on our bodies react with chlorine, there is less chlorine available to kill germs,” said Dr. Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality & Health Council. “Rinsing off for just 1 minute removes most of the dirt, sweat, or anything else on your body.”
“The bottom line is: Don’t pee in the pool,” said Michele Hlavsa, chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming program. “Swimming is a great way to be physically active and not peeing in the pool is a key healthy swimming step.”
Waint provided tips and telltale signs you may want to use this summer:
- To make sure I’m safe at the pool, check inspection scores at the swimming venue or online. The Water Quality & Health Council has compiled a list of local and state health departments that provide online access to swimming pool inspection reports. If you don’t see your local community or state listed, contact your health department, check on-site at the pool facility, or ask the pool’s manager directly for more information.
- You can also test a pool yourself using a test kit to measure chlorine levels and pH. The Water Quality & Health Council is also offering free pool test kits through its 15th annual Healthy Pools campaign at healthypools.org.
- Some telltale signs of a healthy pool include water that’s not cloudy, pool tiles that don’t feel slimy, and no harsh chemical odor around the pool. The chemical odor you smell at pools is a sign that there’s not enough chlorine in the water. Properly treated swimming pools do not have a strong chemical smell.