Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > Green tips Updated 27 November 2013 Public pools: dodge those germs Swimming is excellent exercise, and the relatively minor health risks of public pools shouldn't put you off - especially if you take these basic precautions. 0 Shutterstock Related Are public pools unhygienic? Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto Public pools (even well-maintained ones) carry a low but significant risk of infection, mostly from human waste, and mostly for diarrhoeal disease. This isn’t only from defecation accidents; people carry small amounts of faecal matter on their bodies (about 0.14g on average), which can wash off into the water. We also wash off chemicals from the cosmetics and body products we use.Definitely don't be put off swimming, but take these sensible precautions to help prevent infection: - Above all, don’t swim if you have diarrhoea.- Don’t swallow pool water, and keep your eyes closed underwater or wear goggles.- Don't swim if you have open cuts or sores.- Have a quick shower just before and after swimming. - Take kids on bathroom breaks every hour. Read more about pools and hygiene.- Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor. @ORoseInnGot a good green tip to share? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the EnviroHealth Forum – if it's a planet-saver, we'll publish it.Image: Child in pool, Shutterstock Olivia Rose-Innes is Health24’s EnviroHealth Editor. Read more of her columns and articles or post a question to her expert forum. NEXT ON HEALTH24X Experience a contact lens that feels like nothing 2016-10-24 12:49 More: EnviroHealthGreen tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors 10 facts about diabetes and insulin you need to know How to care for your vaginal flora JHB - Free Caregiver Workshop with TENA experts - 15 February JHB - Free home visit and assessment with a TENA nurse advisor Live healthier Hello? » SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Earworms: Let it go Is it bad to sleep with earplugs all the time? SEE: Do women hear better than men? The reason why men often appear not to be listening could be because they actually can't hear you. Confident smile? » Acidic drinks can harm your kids' smiles The facts on bleaching your teeth Am I taking good care of my teeth? Why are my teeth stained? We know the rules – brush your teeth twice a day and floss to keep them healthy. But, have you ever wondered what causes those stains that sometimes appear?