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Enjoying the pool safely!

240814_dscf2551We live in a tropical country where the outside temperature during the year is appropriate for taking a dip in a pool throughout most of the country. Adults and children of all ages come together to share each other's company, whether in family pools – including inflatable pools – or in entertainment spots, such as clubs and hotels. Have fun in a safe way, identifying in a timely way the hazards that could be present. Drowning is the primary cause of death; always be alert to those around you and instruct everyone to take precautions.

An adequate maintenance, filtration and treatment system will reduce the risk of the presence of bacteria that could be harmful to your health. The colour and smell of water is an indicator of its condition; for example, water that has been treated with chlorine will have a particular smell. However, the composition of certain chemicals or an overdose could trigger a contact allergic reaction or could affect you if ingested. Make sure that chemical products are not found within the reach of children.

Remember the basic rule; not to go in the water after having eaten something heavy. Do not bring glass containers to the water, such as cups, glasses or bottles. It is likely that they would break and the debris could cut you and would be very difficult to pick up. It is better to use plastic containers. Other hazards that should be evaluated could be associated with toys, floating devices, furniture or decorations. The wet surface area around the pool increases the risk of slipping, so walk carefully and use suitable footwear. Sunburns are painful; use sunscreen.

Did you know that the risk of being struck by a lightning bolt increases during an electrical storm if you are in the water? If it begins to thunder or lighting begins to flash while you are bathing, get out of the water immediately; the possibility of being injured is very high if a lightning bolt strikes near the pool. An electrical charge can be transmitted through the structure or nearby cords. If a lightning bolt strikes the water, the entire pool will become electrified. Similarly, never put electrical equipment, such as radios for example, near or into the water.

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