Did you know there are 48 public swimming pools in the TriCounty area, most of which are in hotels? If you’re like most people, you think of the shower before swimming at a public pool as more of a recommendation than a requirement but TriCounty Health is hoping people will listen up and change their ways. A complete cleansing shower should include shampoo and soap in order to remove bacteria and personal care products so they don’t come off in the pool. These items reduce the effectiveness of Chlorine and clog filters. Wash the entire body with soap, urges TriCounty Health. Additionally, parents need to properly put a swim diaper and plastic shorts on babies and toddlers that will be in the water. TriCounty Health also urges any who are or have been recently sick to stay home rather than hit the pool. Crypto outbreaks can happen when people don’t shower properly or coming to the pool while sick. TriCounty Health tests samples from every public pool twice each month to be sure that pool operators are keeping conditions safe. They also inspect each pool structure once a year to ensure equipment is kept in good working order.