Is It Safe To Pee In The Pool ... And Other Water Safety Questions

07/26/2011 08:15 am ET | Updated Nov 01, 2011

Beach read? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Cold Drink? Check. Chlorine-resistant germs? Think again.

Each year, people in the United States make hundreds of millions of pool visits -- and this summer is likely to be no different, with a brutal heat wave slamming much of the country. Forty-one percent of children ages seven to 17 and 17.4 percent of adults make at least six trips each year, according to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention.

But while swimming can certainly be a healthy pastime, allowing you to burn calories while staying cool outdoors, the number of recreational water illnesses (RWIs) has been on the rise over the past few years, according to the Water Quality And Health Council. And though we rightfully tend to worry about taking precautions against sunburn and drowning accidents, it's also important to keep an eye out for pool water safety.

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