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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Avoid Recreational Water Illnesses

My son's all time favorite activity is swimming. People give a big smile of approval when they see him confidently jump on the water or when he imitates adults floating, lying on their back. I'm thankful that so far, he has not suffered any serious Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI). We owe this largely to our ever-cheerful building watchman, Narsa, an Indian national.

Our brave, little floater.

Narsa regularly cleans the rooftop swimming - even on days nobody is using it (when the weather is too cold for a dip). Sometimes when we just feel like catching some fresh air, we go up and there is Narsa armed with pool cleaners. He vacuums, scrubs the tiles, sweeps the deck, and empty the strainer basket.

Earlier on, I wondered why the pool never smelled strongly of chlorine despite the regular cleaning. I learned that the smell is actually chloramines - a combination of chlorine, sweat, and urine. A perfectly clean and safe swimming pool should be odorless. 

Here are other steps to avoid Recreational Water Illnesses:

  a) The pool's bottom should be clearly visible.
  b) Shower before going into a pool
  c) Take small children on frequent bathroom breaks
  d) Wash hands after going to the bathroom
  e) The tiles of the pool should feel smooth not slimy
  f) Listen for the sound of working pool pump
  g) Avoid swallowing pool water

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