Swimming is a great aerobic exercise. Some people like to swim in their leisure time. Some people who love to swim have built swimming pools in their houses while other people go swimming outside their houses. A person can suffer several dangers by staying under the water. Swimming pool chlorine has been linked to everything from tooth cavities to asthma. Some of the unexpected dangers a person can face in a swimming pool are as follows.
1. Eye infections and contact lenses
The majority of people use contact lenses nowadays, and they swim with wearing contact lenses. Experts and professionals are now warning not to wear contact lenses while swimming as it can be dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 1,000 contact-lens related infections were reported between 2005 and 2015. Out of them, 0.9% of infections were because of wearing contact lenses while swimming. You can use suitable sunglasses, so you do not remain at risk.
2. Dirty water
The staff of the swimming pool is instructed to clean them frequently. The swimming pools are cleaned regularly by using detergents and disinfectants such as chlorine. Some local swimming pools are less frequently and not properly cleaned, and that is why they are a major source of threat. According to a CDC report, in 2013, almost 58% of the public swimming pools came to have elevated E.coli bacteria. The major source of E.coli bacteria is feces and urine.
If a person accidentally ingests E.coli bacteria, he can suffer from stomach problems and urinary tract infections. So if you come to know that the bottom of the swimming pool feels slippery or it has a green tint in the bottom, the swimming pool is contaminated, and it needs to be cleaned before you step in the pool to swim.
3. Over-chlorinated pool water
Chlorine is a disinfectant, and it is used to clean swimming pools and disinfect water. Even a small amount of chlorine is dangerous, but some cleaners use a large amount of chlorine to clean swimming pools. The over-chlorinated water is quite dangerous for swimmers as it can cause several health issues. The chlorinated water can cause asthma, the erosion of tooth enamel, and it can be a source of several cancers. The amount of chlorine should be controlled as no one can place his health at risk.
4. Danger of drowning
Some people who have swimming pools built in their houses ignore the risk of drowning in the swimming pool. Drowning is the most unexpected event which can take place while swimming. If you left your children or pets unattended, they could drown in pool water. They cannot get out of the swimming pool on their own, and a severe accident can occur within minutes.
Drowning occurs most frequently beyond the thinking of a person. In the United States, between 2005 and 2009, about 3,533 cases of unintentional drowning were reported. To overcome such situations, the swim owners should use swimming pool gates, pool nets, and pool safety covers to make sure that no one gets drowned in the pool.