Nichole Hannahs

Pool Safety Seminar

by Nichole Hannahs on May 16, 2013 at 6:43 am

Summer season is fast approaching and soon kids and even adults will look for a place to cool off from the heat. For some the pool is just the place.

It’s the job of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department to inspect area pools during the season to ensure their sanitation and safety. Thursday, they held a meeting to teach those running the facilities the key to keeping their pool open.

"We’re going to cover a few of the pool rules and how to handle fecal accidents in the pool and then we’re also going to do some water testing pool side and talk a little about lifeguards and drowning," said Sanitarian Ann Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth said they inspect outdoor pools every couple of weeks, while indoor pools get inspected several time a year. She said keeping the water chemicals correct is one of the items the key in on.

"The chemicals are used to disinfect the water so that everyone is safe and that there is no diseases or bacteria in the water," said Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth said that if a pool has a lifeguard they must have CPR makes, spine board and rescue tubes, if a life guard is not present a sign must be posted and safety rings and rope available.