18
Jul
2014
Hygiene & Health

Creating Swimmers This Summer


03
Jul
2014
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

Expert Advice for Backyard Pool Owners

Are you a backyard pool owner? Do you sometimes wish you could have free expert advice on pool maintenance? Your wish just came true: check out the Water Quality & Health Council’s popular online “Ask a Pool Operator” feature. The “Ask a Pool Operator” web page includes an extensive archive of questions and answers organized... Read More »

13
Jun
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Chlorine: The Cause of Irritated Eyes of Swimmers?

This poolside scenario will repeat itself many times this summer: Child emerges from swimming pool and approaches parent, rubbing his/her eyes. Parent takes one look at red-eyed child and exclaims, “There must be too much chlorine in the pool. Stay out of the water for a while.” Child agrees reluctantly. The belief that swimmers’ red,... Read More »

30
May
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Fred Reiff, PE

Staying Healthy in the Hot Tub

What is a hot tub? A stress-free, aqueous haven, or a water barrel brimming with bacteria? That was the essence of the question addressed in a recent Huffington Post interview with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiologist Michele Hlavsa and University of Arizona Professor Charles Gerba. Although the headlines asserted, “This Will Make... Read More »

21
May
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Cabin Fever Symptoms? Blame it on Frigid Winter, Late Spring and Delayed Opportunity to Swim in the Pool

Annual Pool Survey Find Americans Anxious to Shake Off Winter Blues and Dive In WASHINGTON, D.C. – One in three Americans – and over half of Americans in the Northeast and Midwest regions – said the long, brutal winter of 2014 caused their worst cabin fever in at least a decade, and the “cure” many... Read More »

16
May
2014
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

A “How to” Video on Pool Chemical Safety

A new report1 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features statistics on pool chemical incidents during the period 2003-2012.  The highlights include: An estimated 4,247 people2 per year went to emergency departments for injuries associated with pool chemicals; nearly half of these were younger than 18. The most frequent diagnosis was poisoning... Read More »

28
Mar
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Warning: Peeing in the Pool May Be Hazardous to Your Health

One in five American adults admit to “peeing in the pool,” according to our 2009 survey. That news elicits a collective “Yuk!” from the public. Now, new research conducted by the China Agricultural University and Purdue University (Lian et. al, 2014) draws a direct connection between swimming pool urination and potential negative health effects for... Read More »

13
Sep
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Chlorinated Pools and Eye Health

The recent Wall Street Journal article “Does Chlorine Affect Your Vision?” provides excellent advice to swimmers on avoiding inflammation and infections of the eye known as conjunctivitis. To elaborate a bit, conjunctivitis, also called “pink eye” can be caused by three main conditions:  infections, allergies, and exposures to chemicals. Chlorinating swimming pool water goes a... Read More »