Local public pool gets perfect inspection rating
If he could, 3-year-old Walter Medley would jump into the Noble Park Pool in Paducah right now. Unfortunately, he’ll have to until until the weekend.
Workers were out on Tuesday getting everything ready. That includes a surprise inspection form Health Environmentalist Seth Perry.
"Noble Park, they do a great job keeping up their pool for the public," says Perry.
To make sure this water is safe for your kids, Perry uses a kit to test the pH and disinfectant levels in the water.
"Their parents can come here and know that they’re safe," says Perry. "They know that they’re not going to come here and get sick."
It’s a test Perry does about twice a year. However, pool staff do it multiple times a day.
Recreation Specialist Taylor Morsching’s top priority is keeping the pool safe, which is why he doesn’t mind when Seth stops by for a surprise inspection.
"We want his feedback," says Morsching. "We want to know what we can keep improving upon to make sure, you know, the pool is safe for everyone."
Walter’s mom, Bridget Medley, is happy about that.
"I think it’s great that they’re taking the time and putting the effort in to make sure it’s all maintained," says Medley.
In the meantime, all Walter can do is dream about spending his summer days in the pool.
Below are some tips Perry suggests families follow while visiting a public pool:
- Don’t ever swallow pool water. Children sometimes jokingly spit pool water back into the pool or at their friends, but this is dangerous, as some of it may be swallowed.
- Shower with soap and water before and after swimming.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after using a toilet or changing diapers.
- Remove small children from pools for bathroom breaks and check diapers often.
- Change diapers in a bathroom, not beside the pool.
- Wash children, especially their rear ends, thoroughly with soap and water before they enter a pool.
- Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. Diarrhea can be transmitted in pool water weeks after symptoms stop.