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EYE ON HEALTH: Summertime pool safety

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The weather is heating up, summer is almost here, and for lots of people that means it is time to hit the pool.

But before you dive in, you might want to make sure you know what's in the water....

Lowe Wilkins, Inspector says  "Usually it's human error, it's sometimes when they go and their child or an adult becomes ill in a pool.

Wilkins is one of 7 inspectors with the Hamilton County Health department who will be busy inspecting all 350 area pools.

And while most people worry about urination in the pool, CDC researchers recently found evidence of something else,  evidence of feces in several pools across the country.

Lowe Wilkins says "When accidents do occur, we respond, we try to educate the management staff on proper techniques and what to do."

Wilkins says the pool is closed immediately in most cases for at least 30 minutes.

Lowe Wilkins says  "It's common I would say in every community. It does occur more with younger children than adults."

So to try and prevent these accidents Lowe Wilkins says "We ask for the children under the age of 3 to wear the proper diapers proper swim wear."

While Wilkins says their team makes monthly inspections, they are constantly working with pool staff to make sure it's safe for swimmers.

Lowe Wilkins says  "We want the actual maintenance staff to be checking these pools 3 to four times a day for ph levels and chorine."

Maintaining the proper levels is very important.

Lowe Wilkins says "The chlorinators on these pools constantly are in operation so they are always chlorinating the pool."

The good news is Wilkins says there have been no reports in recent years from Hamilton county pools of anyone getting sick from e-coli in this area, and they are working hard to keep it that way.

Lowe Wilkins says "We're always available 24/7 for calls."

So go ahead jump in, have fun, and make a big splash this summer.

(ADDITIONAL INFORMATION)

If you have questions or complaints about a pool call the Hamilton County Health Department @ 423.209.8110.  

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