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Here are a few tips on how to be a good pool neighbour and how to protect yourself and your kids from those who aren’t so considerate. Remember, children can still get sick from swimming in a pool that’s been well-chlorinated.

Everybody rinse off before jumping in! A quick shower before swimming means less work for the disinfectants.

If you or your child has diarrhoea, you could make others sick. Don’t go in the water!

Make sure bigger kids take bathroom breaks if they’re drinking lots of fluids — which they should be — on hot summer days. Every 30 minutes, drink and go.

Lastly, don’t swallow the water. You never really know what’s in the pool, but your immune system stands a much better chance of defending its castle if the bad guys are kept outside.

King Features Syndicate


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