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Health Tip: Swimming Pools Can Harbor Germs

Keep the water clean for safety sake

(HealthDay News) -- While most swimming pools contain chemicals to help kill germs, these germ-destroyers may not be 100 percent effective all the time.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • Shower to help rinse off germs before you get into the water.
  • Never urinate or pass a bowel movement in swimming water.
  • If you have diarrhea, don't go swimming.
  • Never drink pool water.
  • Every hour, have kids get out of the pool for a bathroom break or diaper change.
  • Make sure chlorine and pH levels are safe before anyone gets in the water.
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