Heading to the pool is a great way to spend time on a hot day. Whether your pool is at your apartment building, or in your local neighborhood, it’s important to know that it’s safe. Here are a few quick ways to know that your local pool is following safety standards.
Pay attention to the color of the water
The water at the pool should be clear and blue. If the water is cloudy, it could be over-chlorinated. If the water has a shade of green, there could be an algae problem. You should be able to see through the water all the way to the bottom of the pool, even in the deep end.
Notice if the water has a smell
If the pool smells strongly of chlorine, the CDC warns that could actually be caused by chloramines, a compound created when chlorine is working overtime to keep the water clean. The New Mexico Aquatic Code requires that public aquatic venues undergo regular chemical testing. Not smelling anything is better than smelling too much chlorine.
Check for a lifeguard
Seeing a lifeguard can reassure you that other eyes are watching to make sure swimmers stay safe. If there is not a lifeguard on duty, the pool is required to post a sign because they have a responsibility to keep the property safe or warn of danger. Even if there is a lifeguard on duty, you should still follow all of the posted pool rules and keep a close eye on small children or inexperienced swimmers.
Look for safety equipment
Easy access to safety equipment is a sign that the pool is following safety guidelines and protocols. This means that you will be able to see life preservers, buoys and other water rescue devices within easy reach of pool employees and swimmers. If a public pool offers life jackets for inexperienced swimmers this is good sign that the pool is following safe practices.
Paying attention to the details can help you choose a safe place to swim
Every year, people get hurt in public swimming pools. Knowing what to look for at a public pool can help reassure you that your local swimming pool is a safe place to swim. Choosing a pool that follows safety standards will help you and your family stay safe while you have fun in the sun.