Swimming pools are a great source of healthy activity. They are fun to relax, play and exercise in. Pools can be found in private residences, hotels, resorts and community centers. Some are open year round and others are seasonal.
Keeping a pool well maintained and properly managed can be a lot of work. Water chemistry needs to be checked often and balance maintained to prevent disease. Potential hazards need to be identified and eliminated. If a pool is not well maintained it can lead to water borne illness, injury or even death.
Central Utah Public Health Department inspects public pools on a yearly basis to ensure they are compliant with the sanitation and environmental rules in Utah Administrative Code R392-302. Public pools are also required to have a certified operator who has been trained to take care of the pool. CUPHD also teaches a pool operator class once a year.
Here are some things you can do to make sure your swimming experience is safe and healthy.
First, if you have a communicable disease, have had diarrhea within the last two weeks or have open sores or wounds you should not use a pool.
It is important to take a cleansing shower before and after using the pool. The pool is not a bath tub. The more dirt, body oils and contaminants you bring into the pool the harder it will be to keep the pool maintained. It’s also important to wash off any chlorine residue after using the pool.
Watch for hazards in the pool. If the drain covers are broken or missing, get out of the pool and notify management immediately. If the pool is cloudy to the point where you cannot see the bottom clearly you should not use the pool. Most pools have rescue equipment on the deck, do not play with the equipment. Do not use glass bottles or containers around the pool. Do not use the pool during an electrical storm.
Your local health department is a good resource for information on pool safety and health. Please contact us if you have questions.
Link highlighted to this: http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r392/r392-302.htm