07
Aug
2015
Hygiene & Health

What to do about Bird (and Other) Droppings in the Swimming Pool


19
Jun
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD, and Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Swimming Pools Myths Busted over the Airwaves

We recently completed our annual Healthy Pools “radio media tour” of 23 radio stations across the US, during which we dispelled common swimming pool myths and promoted tips on staying healthy in the pool this summer.  Here are some highlights from the tour: Myth:  There is a dye that is used to identify swimmers who... Read More »

12
Jun
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality Health Council

Saluting Our Fallen Heroes with Swimming Lessons for Children

Swimming is a skill that can provide endless enjoyment, help keep you fit, and even save your life.  As a group of public health and safety professionals, we have been strong proponents of healthy swimming for nearly 25 years.  We believe all children should learn to swim, and that is why we are so impressed... Read More »

29
May
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Safe Fun in the Kiddie Pool

Kiddie pools can bring hours of delight to young children on a hot summer day. But unlike larger pools, small plastic and inflatable kiddie pools are normally not equipped with water filters or treated with chemicals that remove germs and balance pH. Add to this the fact that hygiene is not a strong suit of the kiddie pool set, and a few helpful tips are in order for safe fun in the kiddie pool:... Read More »

22
May
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Bob G. Vincent

Sharing Only the Fun in the Pool

For many, a refreshing dip in the pool is a welcome rite of summer. With this “rite” come swimmer responsibilities.  To mark this year’s Healthy and Safe Swimming Week1, we explore the topic of swimmer hygiene.  Warning:  this discussion is somewhat graphic, but it is meant only to encourage healthy swimming. Swimmers Affect Pool Water... Read More »

19
May
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Experts Clear the Water on the Colorful Myths Associated With Peeing in the Pool

As the swimming season kicks off, health experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Water Quality and Health Council and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) have teamed up to launch a campaign to stop people from peeing in the pool. To do so, they are busting a couple of colorful myths associated with this clandestine activity.... Read More »

13
Feb
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Bob G. Vincent

Good Chemistry for Swimmers

Swimming pools are amazing venues for recreation and exercise.  They are also reservoirs of all the substances swimmers introduce into them.  In addition to the substances that swimmers apply to themselves while at the pool, the average swimmer adds low levels of personal care products like deodorant, skin lotions, sprays and makeup, especially if they... Read More »

17
Oct
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Linda Golodner

Introducing the CDC Model Aquatic Health Code

This summer, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the availability of the first edition of its Model Aquatic Health Code. “The MAHC,” as it is known, provides free guidance on the design, construction, operation and maintenance of public swimming pools and spas. Why is such a document needed? As CDC notes... Read More »