Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Get into the Water….

Dear Mr. Dad: At the pool near my house there are a lot of little kids who wear diapers in the water. And I’m guessing there are a lot of other little kids who should be wearing diapers but are just peeing in the pool. Our pool just switched from using chlorine to keep the water clean to some kind of salt. Should we be worried about the quality of the water we’re swimming in?
A: I sure would. Until recently, most public pools (that includes pools at private health clubs that are used by lots of people) used chlorine to disinfect the water. And that was a good thing: just think of all the dirt and sweat on people’s bodies (not everyone takes a shower like they’re supposed to), bacteria, suntan lotions, urine, and everything else that ends up in the water—and often in our mouths.
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Do you know where your batteries are? All of them? Are you sure?

Chance are you’ve got all sorts of things around your house that run on batteries–especially “button batteries,” which are those round, flat ones. And chances are you think those batteries are are going to stay inside of whatever device they’re in. Sorry to disappoint, but you may be wrong.

Every 90 minutes, a child under 18 goes to the emergency room for a battery-related incident, according to a new study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. That’s twice the rate from 1990. The number of batteries swallowed by children more than doubled from over the past 20 years. More than 80 percent of the time, the culprit is a button battery.

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