|The Wilson County Environmental Health Services and Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention offers the following tips for staying safe at the pool this summer:
Chlorine and Pool Equipment
• You should be able to clearly see the bottom of a pool or spa
• A well-chlorinated pool has little odor. A strong chemical smell indicates a maintenance problem.
• Make sure pool equipment is working. Pool pumps and filtration systems make noise and you should hear them running.
• Look at main drain covers at the bottom of pool or spas. If the covers are broken or missing, don’t get in.
• Never allow children to play with main drain covers or skimmers.
Do not play with ring buoy or body hook because they are required safety provisions.
• Keep on eye on children at all times; kids can drown in seconds.
• Don’t use air-filled swimming aides, like "water wings,” with children instead of life jackets or life preservers.
• Refrain from swimming when you have diarrhea.
• Avoid swallowing pool water or getting it in your mouth.
• Shower before swimming; wash your hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers.
• Change diapers in bathroom, not poolside.
• Children should wear tight-fitting swim diapers. Diapers should be checked before entering the water.
• Take children to bathroom breaks often.
Look for an emergency phone at the public pool. The emergency phone should be used to call 911 only.