Pool Safety

By: James Johnson Email
By: James Johnson Email

It's hot, hot, and hot and with the summer heat you better believe people are trying to keep cool and that means hitting the pool. The city of Laredo currently has 6 public pools they're responsible for making sure they're clean and the chemicals they use are at the proper levels. Aquatics department crew leader, Flavio Taboada explains.

They have to be balanced ph and chlorine in order for the water to be clean. You can have an asthma attack, skin irritation, and it can hurt your eyes.

According to a report by the C-D-C between 2003 and 2012 an average of 4,200 people per year went to the hospital for pool related injuries linked to chemicals like chlorine and bromine. Laura Arredondo brings her kids to the pool and says she's happy the city does what they can to protect her family.

It's nice and clean. I mean that’s the cities job and as a parent we do worry and put our trust in them to keep the pools clean.

While a large number of incidents happen away from home, a third of injuries occur in backyard pools involving the handling of pool chemicals and failing to keep them away from children.

The work that goes into keeping public pools clean is the same for the pool at home. Venisa Vazquez used to be a pool owner and knows what goes into keeping your pool clean and the dangers pool chemicals can cause.

We use to have a pool and it was hassle with all the chemicals. It's hard work. You have to store them away cause kids are kids and their harmful and can cause a lot of damage.

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