There’s nothing better than cooling off at the local pool on a hot summer day. Now that school is out for the summer, kids and families are flocking to public pools for a relaxing day in the sun.

But, are you sure the pool you are visiting is safe?  While pools open to the public are required to pass inspections from the health department, there are daily things you can look for before diving in:

  • Are the pH and other pool chemicals tested and maintained at proper levels?  Proper pH, chlorine, and other chemical levels help stop the spread of germs in the water.  Most public pools have a schedule for testing. Not sure? Just ask the manager.
  • Lifeguards are on duty.
  • Make sure you can see the bottom of the deep end of the pool. Clear water allows lifeguards and other swimmers to see people when they are underwater.
  • The pool appears to be clean and well maintained.  Look around the edge of the pool for any signs of a lack of cleanliness.
  • Drain covers, skimmers and other equipment looks to be well maintained and in proper working order. 

If you notice any problems with the pool, be sure to report them to the pool manager or other staff. If you have any doubts about the safety of the pool, go elsewhere or skip the pool visit.