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Help Keep Pools Clean & Healthy This Holiday Weekend

Children should take potty breaks every hour, rinse off before taking a dip.

May 25, 2018 - 7:08 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Memorial Day weekend means lots of public swimming pools are opening. We have some tips on stopping the spread of illness there.

One of the big things, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health's Justin DeWitt, is using common sense, and not letting children who've been sick in the past week to get into the pool. 

“It’s not uncommon, unfortunately, for folks to go to the pool and then come back and a day or so later have diarrhea or some sort of GI illness," he says. "It’s really just trying to keep folks who’ve had that illness in the last week or two, or currently have an illness, to keep them out of the water."

DeWitt says children should take bathroom breaks every hour. He also says not to ignore the "must take a shower" signs posted in changing areas or bathrooms.

Believe it or not, DeWitt says the pool chlorine works better the more people even just rinse off before taking a dip.