Public pools are used indoors and outdoors, but with the summer season arriving they are especially in use as a favorite activity thought of fondly by many. However, before stepping into that public pool, indoors or out, beware that almost 80 percent of public pools and hot tubs inspected in the United States, over just five states in a study, were not up to par in health and safety. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) picked only five states because these were states with the highest numbers of public pools and hot tubs in the states of Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, and New York. Pools with health violations are linked to accidents like drowning, as well as illnesses from intestinal parasites and the like. Given the fact that one does not know the hygiene of other public pool users, one wants to be able to rely on the pool operators to make sure it is continuously up to health and safety standards with proper disinfectant and chlorine use. The CDC has gone so far as to recommend that public pool users bring along their own test strips to assure the pool has proper disinfectant levels. Also, if the pool is seen to be cloudy so that drains and such cannot be seen, user beware, as this can lead to drowning and other problems. If it feels unsafe to enter the water, be sure to notify the manager or person in charge of the pool immediately, as unsafe pools should not be open pools.
Inserra & Kelley Law Offices wants you to have a healthy, safe time enjoying great activities such as swimming or exercising in public pools. Be an advocate for yourself and your loved ones by keeping local public pools accountable for safety and health. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an unsafe pool with sickness or injuries, do not hesitate to contact our firm to discuss whether you might be entitled to compensation.