The Water Quality & Health Council (WQHC) recently conducted a survey that found that 1 in 5 (adult) Americans admit to peeing in the pool and 7 in 10 admit to skipping the shower before swimming – even though 93% of Americans claimed they would never reuse someone else’s bath water. Is there a difference?

Many people assume that the chlorine will take care of the germs, but a lot of what makes our eyes burn and our hair smell like chemicals after a dip are irritants formed by sweat, urine and cosmetics mixing with the chlorine.

To help keep you and your family safe, the WQHC is offering free pool test strips on their website. Order your free kit to tote along with the towels and sunscreen, so you know just what you’re getting into. And don’t forget to rinse off before getting into any pool!

Looking for some great pools to enjoy this summer? Check these out:

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  1. Before you dip your toes into the hotel's pool, make sure it's safe. Ask the manager and or assistant manager questions such as:

    1. How many times a day is the pool cleaned?
    2. Have there been any accidents in the past six months?
    3. How many lifeguards are there?
    4. How are the ph levels today?

    Make sure you wear non-slip shoes when you're in the pool area; otherwise, you could slip and fall. If the pool water doesn't look good, please don't go into the pool. You don't want to come out with an infection.

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