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When You Should Avoid Swimming

By Sara Butler

It’s hot outside! That makes the swimming pool even more appealing. The problem is there are times when pools should be avoided. Some situations can be a hazard to your health and wellness and can be dangerous places if you’re not careful. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe around the water this summer.

Cloudy Water

Pool water should be clear and sparkling. If it’s not, then you need to give the pool a pass. When the water is cloudy or murky, it suggests that the pool isn’t being maintained as it should be. Plus, it’s a drowning hazard when people who may slip under the surface can’t be clearly seen and therefore rescued.


Lakes are great places to cool off in the summer heat but you must remember that nature poses its own dangers. Blue-green algae can bloom in lakes and produce bacteria that are toxic to humans. It can be spotted as a slimy and somewhat smelly film that coats the top of the water. It’s got a very distinct green color, so you should make sure to inspect the lake closely before getting in. If the lake smells funny, it might be algae you can’t see. Make sure not to let your furry friends take a dip in suspect water either, since they are just as vulnerable to the bacteria as humans.

There are Babies

Babies sure are cute but if they’re not potty trained, then they can be a hazard to your health in the pool. Even small amounts of fecal matter can harbor parasites. Diaper leakage is pretty difficult to prevent, so one accident can contaminate an entire pool. Getting a little water in your mouth can set you up for a bout of diarrhea and vomiting.

Large Crowds

Crowded swimming pools are also swimming with germs. Every additional body in the pool multiplies the viruses, bacteria, and germs present. Aside from those concerns, the more people in the pool, the less attention the lifeguards can give and that means less safety for everyone. If the pool is too crowded, try for another day.

Staying safe near water in the summer needs to be a priority for you and your family. You have to be smart and use common sense when you’re looking to cool off in the summer heat, but following these tips will give you a good start.

The pool may be calling you but remember to use common sense for safety!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbus, Ohio. 


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