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What are some guidelines for public swimming pools?

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People who use public swimming pools are expected to show caution around the pool's edges and display a measure of cleanliness so that others can enjoy the public pool experience. Parents that use public swimming pools should follow the guideline of supervising their children's actions in and around the pool.

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People that use public swimming pools must not run in the area surrounding the pool. The floors around the pool are usually wet, which raises the risk of a runner falling and hurting oneself. Furthermore, running puts others in danger of falling. This is usually a posted guideline at public pools because injury is sometimes grounds for closing the pool.

At swimming pools where food is permitted, people are expected to clean up their garbage. If garbage is not picked up and thrown away, the wrappers and crumbs can end up in the pool, ruining the pool experience. Another guideline of cleanliness at the pool is to never urinate in the water. The pool's chlorine is expended on neutralizing the urine, which potentially leaves other viruses to infect others in the pool.

Parents should supervise their children at a public pool. Even though lifeguards usually offer their emergency services at public pools, parents should not view lifeguards as babysitters. This means that if a child is fighting or roughhousing with other children at the pool, it is the parent's responsibility to handle the situation. Smaller children should either go on bathroom breaks or have their diapers checked so that feces do not infect the pool.

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