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Water Quality and Swimming Pool Safety

Owning and operating a home pool or spa is, in some respects no different from running a public pool. You are still aiming to provide a safe, clean environment for your family and friends. The major issue for you as a pool owner is children – your own, your friends and your neighbours. If you own a pool you should consider the following safety issues:

  • Have you ever practised dealing with a mock injury – First Aid?
  • Do you have a regular maintenance plan for your pool plant (pumps and filters)?
  • Do you know what disinfection practices you would adopt in the case of a minor aquatic emergency (lack of water clarity, chemical irregularities)?
  • Do you know what procedures you would adopt in the case of a major emergency (near drowning, spinal injury, chemical spill)?
  • Do you have any rescue equipment such as rescue poles or rescue tubes?
  • Is the rescue equipment in easy reach and in good order?
  • Do you keep electrical equipment away from the pool?
  • Are all power outlets or the main circuit fitted with earth leakage protection?
  • Do you know how to test the swimming pool water quality?

Pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, amoebae and other parasites can thrive in pools and spas unless the appropriate steps are taken to control their numbers. All people who use swimming pools and spa pools are susceptible to infection through cuts, wounds, ingestion and inhalation. Dirty Pool

What are some of the things I need to consider when dealing with pool chemicals?

 In order to maintain your pool at the standard of cleanliness to prevent infections and disease, you will need to sanitise the water. In most home pools this is done using a pump, a series of filters and chemical treatment of the water. There are a number of simple safety issues you should remember when using and handling chemicals, these include:

  • Keep pool chemicals away from fertiliser and petroleum products. They may explode.
  • Use only clean, dry and impervious scoops (not wood) when transferring chemicals.
  • Water should not be poured over chemicals, pour the chemicals into water.
  • Do you know what your local government health regulations recommend as safe levels for swimming pool water?
  • How regularly do you monitor the clarity and quality of your pool water?
  • Are chemicals stored out of reach of children?
  • Are your chemicals stored in a cool dry area away from sunlight?
  • Do you use protective equipment (gloves and eyewear) when handling pool chemicals?
Pool Chemicals

If your pool fails a water test at any stage DO NOT allow anyone to swim in it until it is corrected.

NOTE: Council Officers do not regulate public health issues in pools and spas within private residential premises including multi-unit and strata residential buildings.



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