Summer is here, and your kids are probably already begging to go to the pool. But if you have concerns about the safety of your local public pool—especially in the wake of COVID-19—you’re not alone. The truth is, a private pool is safer than a public pool for several reasons. And if your kids love to swim, it may be worth looking at pool prices in Canton to have one installed in your own backyard. Here are just a few of the many ways that having your own pool is safer than going to a public pool.
Though many pools are beginning to open now, you’re likely much more aware and concerned about the spread of illnesses in public spaces now—and that includes public pools. Obviously, any public area is going to harbor more germs than the safer, controlled environment of your own backyard.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that there’s no evidence COVID-19 is spread through the use of the pool, it can still be transmitted through close contact with other pool patrons or on surfaces, such as handrails, diving boards, slides, and poolside lounging chairs. While the risk of contracting COVID-19 while swimming in a public pool is low, it isn’t the only potential illness that can be spread in a public pool.
Cryptosporidium, often simply called “crypto,” is a much more common health concern in public pools. Cases of crypto in the US have risen significantly in recent years, roughly tripling since 2004, according to the CDC. Crypto is a parasitic illness that’s spread through urine and fecal matter of infected individuals. And while, of course, we hope that nobody is going to pee in the pool, it’s a long-known fact that someone almost always does.
A single accident in a public pool can release millions of crypto parasites to infect other swimmers. The illness causes severe diarrhea and stomach pain, especially in children and toddlers. So, to put it bluntly, having a private pool is the best way to avoid swimming in someone else’s infected waste matter.
When you have your own pool, you (or the person you hire) are directly responsible for maintaining proper chemical levels. You have direct control of this and can rest assured that the chemical levels are safe. You can’t do this at a public pool.
Improper chemical levels or equipment failure at a public pool can release toxic chlorine gas. Or, at best, extremely high chemical levels will cause bleached clothing and hair, itchy skin, and burning eyes.
While all public pools have lifeguards present, it’s difficult for one or two lifeguards to monitor hundreds of swimmers at once. Additionally, for very small swimmers, a busy pool is a dangerous place filled with much larger kids who can accidentally jump on, dunk, or otherwise injure them in the pool. While you have to monitor your private pool yourself, it’s much easier to do so because only your family and friends are present.
If you want to have a safer swimming experience for your kids, contact a pool builder in Canton at Hilltop Pools and Spas, Inc., and get a quote on installing your own private pool today!