Sunday, July 19, 2015

Please Don't Pee in the Pool!

Happy Marine Day (海の日). Today's national holiday is the first day many pools, including my local Osawano Swimming Pool, open in Japan.

I'm excited to add swimming to list of exercises I enjoy. Swimming in summer is much more relaxing and enjoyable than running. It's also easier on the leg muscles than cycling and easier on the arms than weight lifting.

But - and this is a really big BUT - since it is a free, community pool, there is chance that I might be swimming in something more than water. That is, people of all ages have a tendency to pee (小便をする) in swimming pools instead of getting out and using the restrooms (お手洗い).

I'm sure you, loyal English impact blogger reader, don't do that. But if you do, know that your urine (小便) reacts with the chlorine (塩素) (CI) in the pool to create a toxic chemical called cyanogen chloride.

It's also a good idea to take a shower before and and after you swim. Showering before entering a pool can wash away the dirt and sweat from your body so the water will be cleaner for everyone in the pool.

And after you finish, showering can wash off the chlorine or cyanogen chloride from your body.

Have fun swimming this summer, everyone, and remember it is a public swimming pool, not your own secret toilet.

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