Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just a summer dabbler, anyone who has ever been around a swimming pool is bound to recognize the distinct smell of chlorine. Touted for its ability to sanitize, oxidize, and deter algae, the popular chemical ensures that swimming pools are bacteria free and ready for use during the warm summer months.
Unfortunately, there are also many health concerns associated with chlorine by-products, which commonly cause red, stinging eyes, skin irritations, asthma, coughing, and other allergy symptoms.
The LIFE Centers of Southern Ohio Medical Center are seeking to lessen these concerns through the installation of an ultraviolet (UV) pool sanitizer at its Portsmouth location (1202 18th Street).
“SOMC is constantly seeking innovative ways to improve the cleanliness of our facilities and continually meet and surpass national safety standards,” Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC LIFE Centers and Community Health & Wellness, said. “The cleanliness of an environment can directly impact satisfaction, and we want to ensure that our patrons are receiving the most enjoyable experience possible. Our investment in this UV technology will help us meet that goal.”
SOMC’s new ultraviolet system uses a medium-pressure light to alter the DNA of targeted germs such as algae, bacteria, viruses, cysts and protozoa. This cutting-edge, non-chemical process is a safe way to sanitize water, air, and surfaces, and eliminates unwanted chlorine by-products (including that all-to-familiar chemical smell).
“The presence of this system will not only eliminate the allergic reactions that affect many of our patrons and staff members, but will also add another layer of disinfection to further decrease the outbreaks of Recreational Water-Borne Illnesses that have occurred over the past few years,” Suzie Hunter, aquatics supervisor for the LIFE Center, said. “These improvements are very substantial for our facility and we hope all of our customers will reap the benefits.”
For more information about memberships to the Portsmouth, Wheelersburg or Lucasville LIFE Center locations, please call 740-356-7650 or visit them online at www.somc.org/life/.