Admit it—peeing in the pool is something we’ve all done at one time or another, hopefully not since we were kids who didn’t know any better.
But did you know that peeing in your pool is more than just gross? It could also be dangerous.
Peeing in Your Pool: The Obvious
We know you understand why peeing in the pool is a bad idea. But just in case you need to explain it to anyone else:
The gross factor should be pretty obvious. If you wouldn’t want to swim in someone’s urine outside the pool, why would anyone think it’s OK in the pool?
Even if it’s your pool, you’re not the only one who uses it, right? It’s even worse if you do it in a pool that doesn’t belong to you, or in a public pool. If you don’t want someone peeing in your pool, don’t pee in theirs.
Because urine is sterile, you may find it hard to believe it can pose any risk to you, your family, or your guests. However, while the risk is low, the potential danger is real.
Urine contains nitrogen and ammonia. When these substances—nitrogen in particular—interact with chlorine, it produces a toxic chemical. Chlorine will bind with nitrogen to create cyanogen chloride.
Cyanogen chloride is a compound that’s considered a military-grade chemical warfare agent that can have detrimental effects on the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems.
How Dangerous is It?
Admittedly, the risk of this chemical agent in your pool, and causing you and your guests harm is low. However, some people are more sensitive to this chemical than others and can have a reaction to it even in small amounts.
How Do You Prevent Pee in Your Pool?
First, if you have to pee, get out and use the restroom.
Next, before you allow anyone to swim, tell your family and pool guests that you expect the same courtesy. Explain why this is important for everyone’s health, and that you want to keep your pool safe and clean.
It may be difficult to get full cooperation, especially with young children who would rather not get out of the pool for any reason.
After young kids have been swimming, it’s a good idea to shock your pool and clean it thoroughly. Once you’ve done this, give the chemicals a little time to dissipate before you dive in again.
Contrary to urban legend, there’s no chemical you can add to change the color of the water if someone decides to relieve themselves in your pool. All you can do is hope your guests follow your rules, and help to keep the pool clean for everyone, and then clean it afterward just to be on the safe side.
Of course, you could always put up a sign about the dangers of chemical warfare agents. Maybe then they’ll think twice before peeing in your pool.
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