Is it okay to pee in pools?
Well, no one would know right when you’re already submerged in the water. Think again.
We have all heard about the notion why our eyes turn red when we swim in some pools. Yes, it’s because someone has already peed in it.
According to the video released by The American Chemical Society
, swimming pools contain chlorine. Now Chlorine is used to sterilize the water from microorganisms. It is a very reactive chemical which is why it is good for removing those unwanted bacteria. However, Chlorine also reacts with human wastes or any organic matter humans bring into the water - and that includes urine, dirt, sweat, and even your sun protecting lotion. These will then create compounds such as Trichloramine which is an irritant. This is what makes the pool smell nice and the reason why your eyes go red while you dip in swimming pools.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), that strong chlorine smell in pools does not mean that they are clean, in fact, it is actually the smell give off by irritants. Clean pools shouldn’t have a strong smell.
So how do you protect yourself from infections?
Chief of CDC Healthy Swimming Program, Michele Hlavasa suggests
, "That’s why it’s important for swimmers to protect themselves by not swallowing the water they swim in and to protect others by keeping feces and germs out of the pool by taking a pre-swim shower and not swimming when ill with diarrhea."
So before you dive in to any pool, pee first and shower!