Chlorine in indoor swimming pools: Do you care?
We've chatted before about where to teach the kids to swim. It's hard enough to find a pool that is convenient and in your budget that offers the kind of classes you like on the right day at the right time, you know?
But add to that the fact that chlorinated indoor pools can have adverse health effects, and it seems near impossible! I've heard there are some indoor saline pools in town with children's lessons, but am not sure of their safety, either. How did you go about making this decision? Does the possibility that indoor chlorinated pools might cause asthma give you pause, or not? I'll confess that it gives me pause - after 5 years hauling the kids to chlorinated indoor pools!! Here's an excerpt from the Enviroblog post I read:
"A 'state of the science' report presented by researchers from premier academic institutions and government regulatory agencies from the U.S., Canada, and Europe summarized findings of 18 different studies that all noted an association between attendance at chlorinated indoor pools and increasing frequencies of allergic disease and asthma.
Similar health concerns are noted for Olympic swimmers, pool workers, and lifeguards who spend a lot of time by the poolside. Moreover, the increased use of swimming pools by the very young has increased their exposure to potential respiratory irritants within the indoor swimming pool environment."
If you are concerned, there are some tips in this post to assess pool health and minimize exposure. What does Portland Parks & Rec use?