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 email@example.com 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 K Naomi takes a stand and shows women how to fight back WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Are you sure? » Aid your digestion What are digestive disorders? Are you really constipated? Many people think that if they do not have two or more bowel movements every single day of their lives they are constipated. This is patently not true, writes DietDoc. True of False? » SEE: How anaphylactic shock affects your body Stop believing these 10 allergy myths Do you still believe that hay fever is caused by hay? Or that food allergies are really common? No, and no again. We bust 10 myths about allergies.