7 Hygiene and Safety Tips for Public Pools

Between getting the kids into swimsuits, stuffing the floaties in your bag and herding everyone to the neighborhood pool, one of the last things on your mind may be hygiene and safety in public pools.

But according to the Center for Disease Control, one in eight pools gets shut down on the spot after an inspection due to health and safety issues. Chemical-related injuries and illness rack up 5,000 emergency room visits a year — half of which are from children. A transferrable sickness in a public pool can reach thousands. The main culprit? Diarrhea.

But that doesn't mean you need to barricade your family indoors this summer. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy and still have fun at the pool.

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