Most people are totally disgusted by the notion of someone (adult or child) urinating in a swimming pool.Yet, the behavior is often rationalized with the fact that a swimming pool is usually chlorinated.
U.S. Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte publicly admitted to relieving themselves in the pool while training. Their justification? Chlorine kills everything.
However, according to a new study discussed in a recent article by Time magazine, the combination of chlorine and human urine creates two dangerous chemical compounds called trichloramine and cyanogen chloride. These chemicals can harm vital organs like the heart or brain.
While peeing in the pool may muster up a few jokes like the scene from the movie Grown Ups you can watch below, it is a serious matter. Although most adults understand proper hygiene rules when using a pool, it’s important that your kids understand the same set of rules. Make sure your kids use the bathroom before they go swimming and know to get out of the pool to go to the bathroom if they’re consuming large amounts of liquids like water, soda, or juice. Finally, be wary of other swimmers. If the water starts to feel odd, get out.