Swimming Pool and Spa Safety and Maintenance Resources
Water Quality & Health Council

Are you a backyard swimming pool owner looking to “bookmark” some online resources on pool and spa safety and maintenance? We searched the Internet and found the following sites that we hope will prove helpful:

  • Pools and Hot Tubs (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website):  What would you do if you found a dead animal in your swimming pool?  How long does chlorine take to destroy E. coli in the water? How does one care for inflatable and plastic kiddie pools? Need some tips on protecting yourself and your family from recreational water illnesses transmitted in hot tubs?  This CDC website has all this and more. 
  • Did You Know? A well-chlorinated hot tub has little odor.  A strong chemical smell indicates a maintenance problem.
  • Home Pool Essentials (an online training course for $19.95):  The National Swimming Pool Foundation teamed up with the American Red Cross to offer this online training course on home pool safety and maintenance.  Safety topics covered include preventing drowning, diving injuries, recreational water illnesses and suction entrapment.  Maintenance topics include instruction on how a pool works, how to ensure good water quality and how to add chemicals to water.  The cost of the course includes a 30-page resource guide.
  • Did You Know? You should always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Pool Safety (Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) website):  The CPSC Pool Safely campaign alerts consumers and industry professionals to the numerous water safety steps that can be adopted to significantly reduce child drowning deaths.  The website includes information on the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act designed to prevent drain entrapment in public pools and spas.
  • Did You Know? An average of 390 children ages 0-14 drown in pools and spas each year. If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool first.
  • Ask a Pool Operator (Water Quality & Health Council’s Health Pools website):  Have a question on pool care that’s bugging you? Get a personalized response from an experienced pool operator.
  • Did You Know? According to a 2012 survey, although nearly all respondent said they would never re-use someone else’s bath water, almost seven in 10 admit they do not always shower before getting in the pool. Failing to shower before swimming adds contaminants to the pool that can lead to unhealthy swimming conditions.

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