Now that it’s officially summer, the U.S. health bureau has warned the public to be wary of public swimming pools and other water facilities, as most of these recreational places violate government regulations.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 80 percent of public swimming pools and other bathing facilities were cited for violation of violations of health regulations. The report added that one out of eight swimming and related recreational facilities were ordered to shut down due to violations of state health regulations.
Based on the CDC report, apart from health concerns, accidents at these facilities are among the leading causes of concerns not only for health officials, but also for parents. It was revealed that from 1999 to 2010, roughly 4,000 individuals have died due to drowning every year in the U.S.
For children age between 1 and 4 years old, drowning is the leading cause of death in swimming and bath facilities. And more than half of these deaths due to drowning happen in swimming pools, the report added.
As expected, kiddie pools in the country appeared to be topping the list of swimming pools that are often cited for violation. According to health officials, the result is alarming since many children will be hitting public swimming pools and other related facilities throughout the summertime.
“No one should get sick or hurt when visiting a public pool, hot tub or water playground. That’s why public health and aquatics professionals work together to improve the operation and maintenance of these public places, so people will be healthy and safe when they swim,” Dr. Beth Bell, chief of CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases told CNN.