BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The summer months bring throngs of Alabamians out to local swimming pools to find relief from the heat. But it’s up to lifeguards, health inspectors, and parents to ensure the safety of everyone during the fun in the sun.
“Every morning we go through and kind of look at what we need to watch each day,” Jake Miller, a lifeguard at Homewood Public Pool said. “It goes very smoothly here.”
Lifeguards at the Homewood Pool complex complete training courses that include swimming tests to ensure they can meet the needs of any emergency situation.
The Jefferson County Department of Public Health is responsible for inspecting each pool for safety and proper maintenance. The JCDH inspects every public pool in the county once a month, after numerous inspections during the completion of every public pool complex. If a pool receives a poor score, they have a chance to correct it within several days and have the score reflect the corrections.
“Usually the companies are very cooperative with us. But maybe the second time, if we come back the next day and it’s still not corrected, we put up our sign with a chain so there’s no access to the pool,” J.C. Andrews, an inspector for the JCDH said.
For the personal safety of you and your children, pediatricians remind that swimming proficiency should never make parents feel too comfortable at the pool.
“Just watch your child. Be with them. Have fun with them. But know their limits and their boundaries and make sure that you’re being a parent and you’re supervising them,” Dr. Candice Dye, a pediatrician at UAB and Children’s of Alabama, said.
But it’s the health inspector who makes sure your swimming pool is as safe as can be. To find out your public pool’s health rating, click here.