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Elder Abuse In California

Elder Abuse In California

Elder Abuse In California

Society dictates that we take care of our elders. The idea is that they cared for us when we were too young to fend for ourselves, and now it’s our turn to return the favor. The problem is that some people don’t behave the way that society dictates and commit a crime that’s called elder abuse.

California’s elder abuse laws are designed to protect state residents that have passed their 65th birthday. Most victims are older and no longer able to completely care for themselves.

Elder abuse in California includes:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Neglect

Elder abuse in California is one of the state’s famous wobbler laws. This means that you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. The decision isn’t based on whether the DA is having a bad day, but rather a specific set of criteria.

Elder abuse in California is covered by Penal Code section 368(c). The law is written in such a way that prosecutors have 12 months to investigate an alleged instance of elder abuse before they either have to let the case go or file charges. Anyone responsible for caring for an elderly patient/relative can be charged with misdemeanor elder abuse in California.

If you’re convicted of misdemeanor elder abuse, you could be sentenced to a full year in jail.

The rules change in cases of felony elder abuse. One of the big changes is that prosecutors have more time to determine if they should file charges. They aren’t hampered by the one-year time limit. While the prosecutor gets more time to file charges against you, they also have to build a much stronger case.

To convict you with felony elder abuse, the DA has to prove that someone in your care experienced great bodily harm. In most cases, the abuse takes place over a long time, but it can also be a single incident, such as pushing the elderly person you were caring for down a flight of stairs.

If you’re found guilty of felony elder abuse, you could spend the next four years in a state prison and also have to pay a substantial amount of fines.

It’s worth noting that there are circumstances that can trigger an even more severe punishment for elder abuse. In these cases, the age of the victim is an important factor. In a felony elder abuse case that involves a person who is older than 70, the judge can add an additional four years to your sentence. If a 70-year-old senior citizen dies as a result of the abuse you inflicted upon them, an additional seven years can be added to your sentence.

 

What Happens if I Ignore a Subpoena?

What Happens if I Ignore a Subpoena?

What Happens if I Ignore a Subpoena?

The great thing about the American legal system is that if you don’t want to talk to the police or testify at trial, you don’t have to. Sort of. This changes if you’re presented with a subpoena.

What Is A Subpoena?

Most of us are familiar with the word subpoena, but few of us know what one is or how it’s obtained.

There are two types of subpoenas: the subpoena ad testificandum and the subpoena duces tecum. The first is a summons that requires that you not only appear at a specific court hearing but that you also offer witness testimony. The second type of subpoena requires that you present specific documents/recordings/photos/etc. to the authorities so that they can use them as evidence in a case they’re building.

Both types of subpoenas are used in criminal and civil cases.

How Subpoenas Are Obtained

Lawyers can’t just write up a subpoena for themselves. It’s something they have to request, sort of like a warrant. The lawyer who needs your story or the paperwork for a case will formally contact the trial clerk’s office and request a subpoena.

What Happens If I Ignore A Subpoena?

While there are some exceptions, in most places the only way you’ll get a subpoena is when a lawyer/clerk/process server hands it directly to you. Doing this makes it impossible for you to say you never received the court order or that you didn’t understand it.

If you’ve been handed a subpoena, you don’t want to ignore it. You’ll only get yourself into deep legal trouble.

If there is a problem with the subpoena, such as you no longer have the documentation requested or a major reason you can’t make the court date, you have two weeks to contact the trial clerk’s office and alert them to the situation.

Ignoring the subpoena and not showing up for court or providing the requested documentation can result in you being charged with contempt of court, which can result in a fine, jail time, or both.

While you can’t ignore a subpoena, you don’t have to handle the situation by yourself. That’s not the case at all. It’s okay to contact a good attorney and have them explain how the subpoena works and what your legal options are.

 

Wobbler Laws In California

Wobbler Laws In California

Wobbler Laws In California

It’s not uncommon to look up a crime, such as disturbing the peace, and see that it is one of California’s wobbler laws. If you’re confused by the use of the word wobbler, you’re not alone. Few people who aren’t directly involved with California’s judicial process understand exactly what wobbler laws are.

How California’s Wobbler Laws Work

Wobbler laws aren’t complicated. Seeing the word wobbler attached to an offense simply means that the prosecution has an option. They have the luxury of charging the defendant with either a felony or a misdemeanor.

In most cases, the amount of damage the defendant has done determines which way the charge wobbles. For example, if you’re charged with a hit and run accident that only involved property damage, you’ll face misdemeanor charges. However, if someone was hurt or killed in that hit and run accident, you’re facing felony charges.

Examples of California’s Wobbler Laws

California has many laws that are considered wobbler laws, including:

  • Hit and run accidents
  • Forgery
  • Grand theft
  • Trespassing
  • Burglary
  • Making criminal threats
  • Some sex crimes
  • Some assault crimes
  • Stalking
  • Carrying a loaded firearm in public
  • Etc.

If you’re only charged with a misdemeanor you’ll only face time in a county jail instead of a state prison and likely be charged a significantly smaller fine.

Benefits Of California’s Wobbler Laws

If you’ve only committed the misdemeanor version of one of California’s wobbler crimes, the fact that the crime can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor won’t have much impact on your immediate future. However, if you’ve been charged with a felony, the wobbler status could prove to be massively beneficial. Having the ability to drop the crime from a felony to a misdemeanor gives the prosecution some maneuverability when it comes to offering deals and incentives. If you have committed a crime that the state considers a straight felony, there isn’t much that can be done to help you avoid prison time and massive felonies.

There are four clear points in time when the prosecutor who is dealing with your case can opt to decrease your felony wobbler crime to a misdemeanor. These points are:

  • When the charges are initially filed
  • During the felony preliminary hearing
  • During the sentencing
  • Following the completion of felony probation

A good defense lawyer will help you determine how you can convince the prosecution to change a felony charge to a misdemeanor charge.

 

COVID-19 In California Workplace

COVID-19 In California Workplace

COVID-19 In California Workplace

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the first things to change in California during 2021 is how workplaces report COVID-19 outbreaks.

Way back in the middle of September 2020, California’s governor signed off on a law, AB 685, that tweaks the way workplaces notify their employees and customers about COVID-19. The law officially went into effect on January 1, 2021.

The new law requires that employers must provide a written alert to everyone involved in the business, including sub-contractors, whenever the employer learns that there was a chance of COVID-19 exposure. The written notification has to be drafted and sent to all pertinent parties within one business day of the positive test results. In addition to serving as an alert warning of possible exposure to the virus, the written notice should also include information about what benefits those who were exposed are entitled to and information about what the employer intends to do to clean the workplace and minimize the risk of future problems with COVID-19.

The most interesting thing about the new law is that the employer must make the written notification available for a full three years following the COVID-19 exposure.

The employer’s responsibilities don’t end after they’ve completed the written notification. That’s just the first step. If three (or more) employees test positive for COVID-19, it’s considered an outbreak. The next thing the employer must do is contact their local health agency. This contact must take place within 48 hours of the positive test. The information the public health department collects includes the names of the infected employees, their occupations, and the places where they worked.

What happens if an employer fails to go through with the protocol established by AB 685?

Well, that’s not entirely clear. The law does mention that the employer will receive a citation: “The division shall enforce paragraphs (1), (2), and (4) of subdivision (a) by the issuance of a citation alleging a violation of these paragraphs and a notice of civil penalty in a manner consistent with Section 6317.”

The problem is that no one knows exactly what the citation is or how it will impact the employer. It’s unclear if they will face a fine or lose their business license. When you read through the law, you do learn that if the Health Department issues a citation, the employer does have the right to a trial during which they’re allowed to argue their case.

This new 2021 law impacts all employers, no matter how many employees they hire.

 

What Are Statutes Of Limitations?

What Are Statutes Of Limitations?

What Are Statutes Of Limitations?

Something that people may not realize, is that there is actually a time limit for when a person can be charged for a specific crime. This time limit is referred to as a statute of limitations. This is done as a way to help protect people from being accused of things they did years ago. The practice comes from ancient Greece where a statute of limitations of 5 years was placed on all crimes save for homicide, for which there was no time limit.

The practice is still used in modern law today to help prevent abuse from occurring. However, instead of a flat 5 year limitation across all crimes, specific types of crimes have different statutes of limitations.

Why Statutes Of Limitations Exist

Statute of limitations exist to protect people from prosecution for crimes that happened years ago. There are 3 main reasons for this:

  • Plaintiffs should pursue legal action the minute they are able to.
  • Waiting too long to file a claim can prevent a defendant from finding evidence needed to disprove a claim.
  • Cases that have been dormant for a long time have a tendency to be more cruel than just.

Statutes of limitations exists to keep the legal process fair for everyone.

California Statute Of Limitation Laws

There is no set limit for a statute of limitations, and they often vary from state to state. On top of being different in each state, the lengths of the limits vary depending on the crime in question.

Here in California, some of the more common crimes that have a 1 year statute of limitations include:

  • Defamation.
  • Malpractice, after it has been discovered.
  • Asbestos exposure, after it has been discovered.
  • Victim of a felony, after the conviction.

Common 2 year statute of limitations crimes include:

  • Personal injury.
  • Wrongful death.
  • False imprisonment.
  • Breach of oral contract.

Common 3 year statute of limitation crimes include:

  • Property damage.
  • Trespassing.
  • Fraud, after it has been discovered.

Common 4 year statute of limitation crimes include:

  • Breach of written contract.

Common 10 year statute of limitations crimes include:

  • Victims of serious felonies, after the conviction.

Statutes Of Limitations Exist For A Reason

It is important to remember that the law is supposed to be fair to everyone, including the people being accused of crimes. Waiting too long to accuse someone of a crime allows evidence to be destroyed, witnesses to disappear, and memories to fade. This can all make it very difficult for a defendant to properly defend themselves.

What do you think of statutes of limitations, and California’s different lengths?

Do you think some crimes should have longer or shorter lengths? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Vaping On The Rise In Schools

Vaping On The Rise In Schools

Vaping On The Rise In Schools

Here in the US, recent studies and surveys have found that smoking amongst teens is actually on the decline. Less and less teens are smoking cigarettes, and that’s great. Unfortunately, that is not the only trend that recent studies have found. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 2 million middle and high school students are vaping regularly.

In 2018, the CDC found that 4.9% percent of middle schoolers reported using e-cigs, and 20.8% of high schoolers reported using them as well. This adds up to a lot of students, which means e-cigs are a very big problem amongst minors, but why is that?

How E-Cigs Are Marketed

Many adults and researchers are noticing a shocking trend of how e-cigs are marketed. Their ads most often depict young, “cool” looking people. In addition, the flavors of these devices often seem to be chosen with minors in mind with flavors such as cotton candy and berry punch. Tobacco companies do this because minors, anyone under the age of 25, become more easily addicted to nicotine, and so this age group has been the target audience of tobacco companies for years.

Now, with e-cigs under attack, tobacco companies and smokers alike are rushing to defend the product. Their biggest claim, is that e-cigs are safer than traditional tobacco products. The shocking fact, this is true. With proper guidance from a medical professional, a smoker can use e-cigs to be safer when smoking, and can even use the products to wean themselves off of nicotine altogether.

However, this logic does not apply to minors.

The Dangers Of Vaping As A Minor

Minors have less self-control and are more likely to become addicted to nicotine than adults. E-cigs play off that with the hopes of getting younger generations addicted to tobacco to ensure the industry’s survival for a few more years. By becoming addicted to nicotine, teens are more likely to use traditional cigarettes.

Aside from just supplying minors with nicotine, some e-cigs and other vape products can contain marijuana as well.

On top of the obvious side effects that come with using nicotine and marijuana products, there are the unknown side effects of e-cigs. The fact of the matter is that e-cigs are a new type of technology, with many still be studied. Early studies have found that e-cigs can expose a person’s lungs to harmful chemicals, whether they are in the liquids being vaporized or coming from the device itself. These many chemicals have been known to cause cancer. Plus there is the fact that some e-cigs have been known to explode while in use, which is horrible for the person using the device.

Talk To Your Kids

When it comes to talking to kids about e-cigs, the first thing a parent needs to do is educate themselves first. After all, how can a person hope to convince someone to lean one way or another without first having all of the facts? After that, a parent should always be a role model. If they don’t want their child to do something, then they shouldn’t do it themselves.

When actually talking to their child, a parent should remain calm and avoid getting angry. If a parent screams and shouts at their child, then the child is less likely to talk to them about anything, especially behavior that they think will get them yelled at. When talking, really listen to the child. When it comes to e-cig use, they may not have all of their facts straight. Some studies have found that many kids believe that some e-cig products, like Juul, are nicotine free when in reality they are not. Sometimes listening to them, and giving them the facts, is all the child needs to change their mind.

After that, help the child learn to recognize and face peer pressure without giving in. Help them come up with good reason to explain why they don’t want to use e-cigs.

While some kids may fight or resist at first, it is important for the parents to talk to their children about this kind of thing. Simply by learning that their parents have a strong negative feeling toward something can convince a kid to stop in time.

 

Phony Email Flight Confirmation You Didn’t Book

Phony Email Flight Confirmation You Didn’t Book

Phony Email Flight Confirmation You Didn’t Book

With summer here, many people are preparing for vacation trips. Some people will just drive across the state, others will be flying to new destinations. Vacations are, after all, a great way to take some time for oneself to rest and recuperate. After all, most jobs can be pretty stressful. Getting away for a little while can be very nice.

Unfortunately, not everyone can get away for a vacation. Whether its timing, or a money issue, there are all sorts of things that can keep a person at home during the summer. This means that some people will still be staying home this summer, and this means that people need to be wary of a new scam filling people inboxes.

Phony Ticket Confirmation

As stated before, summer is a travel heavy season. Lots of people are off on exciting adventures, and scammers are well aware of this fact. They aim to take advantage of a person booking a flight on an airline as a way to steal personal and financial information from people.

People have begun receiving emails that appear to be ticket purchase confirmations from large airlines. The problem is, many of these people never bought tickets from those airlines. So they click on the link presented to them in the email address, which takes them to an official looking website where they are asked to login with credit card information. If the person does this, they have just given their financial information over to a scammer.

Now, it is important to remember that official airline websites are still safe. The scammers have not hacked any websites or systems. They are simply sending mass emails to unsuspecting people in the hopes that the person replies or clicks on a link which takes them to the scammer’s own website.

Identifying This Scam

There are a few different ways to identify this scam:

  1. The email isn’t addressed to a specific person. This is due to the fact that these emails are sent en masse. This means that they are not specifically targeted to one person, and will not have a person’s name, which official confirmation emails usually do.
  2. The sender’s email address. This may take a little bit of research, but the email will only look like it came from the company’s official email. Scammers often create email addresses that resemble official emails, but aren’t exactly the same.
  3. The web address isn’t correct. It is never a good idea to click a link from a suspicious email. However, if a person does, the website they are taken to won’t be the official airline’s website. This can be determined by going to the airline’s website manually, without the link, or by looking at the website’s URL. If the URL does not have https, the “s” being the most important part since it denotes that the site is secured, then the site is a fake. Most modern web browsers also put a padlock symbol next to secure websites.
  4. Didn’t buy airline tickets. This is the most important one. If a person didn’t buy tickets on an airline, they shouldn’t believe any email saying they did. If a person wants to be safe, they can contact the airline’s official customer service center by getting the contact info off the website after going to it manually.

Signs Of A Scam

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different scams out there that con-artists love to pull on unsuspecting people. It is practically impossible to learn about all of them, and scammers are always coming up with new ideas anyways. This means that the best way to avoid a scam, is to learn how to identify them because even though there are a bunch of different scams, they all give off the same warning signs.

  • Don’t click links in emails. A person should never click links in suspicious emails. If they need to visit a website, they should do so by manually entering the desired site into the search bar on their web browser.
  • Too good to be true. It’s almost a cliché at this point, but when things seem too good to be true, it is often because they are. If an email is promising unimaginable wealth, then it is a scam.
  • Don’t wire transfer money. Wired money can be traced or returned to the victim, which is why scammers love to use this method of money transfer.
  • Don’t be rushed. Scammers love to create a sense of urgency or a need to rush. This causes people not to think things through and end up making bad decisions, which is good for a scammer and bad for the victim.
  • Don’t give out personal info. A person should never give out personal information unless they are 100% certain of who they are giving it to.
  • Don’t be urged into secrecy. Some scams don’t want their victims to communicate with others about the scam, because doing so will lessen the chances of the scam succeeding.
  • Check sender email address. If the email address is gibberish, or from an email that is similar, but not the same, as an official company email, then it is a scam.

No One Wants To Get Conned

No one ever wants to get scammed out of their hard earned money. They especially don’t want to ever have to admit that they might have been tricked. After all, getting conned is not fun. In order to avoid this, a person needs to stay vigilant. Luckily, the signs of a scam are often pretty obvious and easy to detect, provided a person knows what to look for. The tips above can help push a person in the right direction.

If a person wasn’t planning on going anywhere this summer, and yet receives an email for the confirmation of tickets for a flight being purchased, it is probably a scam. If the person wants to be sure that they have nothing to worry about, go to the supposed company’s official website and contact customer support from there. Do not click any links in the email.

What are some of the goofiest scams people have tried to pull on you?

Share them in the comments below, along with the signs that proved to you it was a scam. Sharing this information could help others avoid the scam in the future.

 

Could Banning Facial Recognition Become The New Norm?

Could Banning Facial Recognition Become The New Norm?

Could Banning Facial Recognition Become The New Norm?

Today’s modern world has a lot of technology that at one point had simply been considered science fiction. Things such as ear buds, video calls, and mobile phones were just cool, out of this world ideas when they were first depicted in books and movies. Nowadays, they are a part of everyday life for most individuals. While many of these things are welcomed with open arms, some technologies are a bit invasive.

One such example of invasive tech would be facial recognition. With cameras everywhere, law enforcement agencies are able to use this kind of technology to locate people of interest in cases and bring them into justice. However, these electronic eyes are always watching, and this causes some concern amongst some people. That is why one U.S. city is considering banning the use of this technology, or at the very least, limiting its uses.

San Francisco May Be The First To Ban Facial Recognition

The city of San Francisco is no stranger when it comes to creating new laws in uncharted territory. The city has been doing this for years now, and is currently considering a ban on facial recognition technology due to its invasive nature. The current proposed law would prohibit the San Francisco police from using the software, but not affect businesses or people from using the software. It also would not prevent the software from being used at San Francisco International Airport or the Port of San Francisco.

While facial recognition technology is an incredibly helpful tool, especially for law enforcement agencies, it is also very invasive. Essentially, any camera out there in the world can be used to locate a single person. This is very helpful for manhunts, but can be dangerous if used by people with less than honest intentions. According to the New York Times, there is a fifty percent chance that a person’s face is already in a law enforcement’s database by the time they reach adulthood.

Another problem comes from a recent study published by MIT Media Lab. The study found that the facial recognition software tended to make mistakes with identifying a person’s gender if they were female or had darker skin.

It is the possible invasion of privacy and large room for error that gives some people cause for concern. However, while some people are against the technology, they do recognize its practical uses. This leads to some people supporting some sort of limitations on the technology, instead of an outright ban. This way, it can be used as needed, or allowed to come back once the tech has a better success rate.

What This Could Mean For The Rest Of The Country

Other cities and states, such as nearby Oakland and even Massachusetts, have also considered placing bans on facial recognition technology. It is safe to assume that they, along with other locations, will be paying close attention to San Francisco. Depending on how things go there, they may copy the ban or make alterations to better suite their needs or beliefs.

There is no denying that facial recognition software has many benefits, especially in the law enforcement field. The technology can help officers locate wanted criminals, or track down missing children. This is a very powerful tool. However, its strength comes at the cost of privacy. This technology looks at everyone, whether they want it to or not, and once they are in the facial recognition database, they likely earn’t getting out of it, if they ever even realize that they are there. That is what scares some people, and causes them to look for some sort of restrictions on the technology.

What do you think of facial recognition software?

Is it a helpful tool for police officers, or is it too invasive to a person’s privacy? Is San Francisco right in the idea that the tech should be outright banned, or should they do something a little less permanent? Should other cities and states follow suite? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Summer is here, and for most people this means it’s time for parties, vacations, and trips. Everyone has their own to enjoy summer. While the season is great for relaxing, one aspect of this time of year can be incredibly stressful. As the temperatures rise in California, wildfires become more prominent across the state.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and become more threatening in warm, dry, and windy conditions. During the summer, California dries out under the intense heat, thereby increasing the risks of wildfires. All it takes is one small spark to ignite a massive blaze that can burn through everything in its path.

Just looking at how bad last year’s wildfires were, it is easy to see how important it is for a person to be prepared for wildfires. This is especially true during the summer months.

Prepping A Home For Wildfires

A person can prepare for in a number of ways from prepping their home for a fire, and preparing their family on how to respond to a potential danger. Both ways are very important, and preparing in both areas can make a huge difference. Preparation can mean the difference between life and death.

When it comes to defending a house, homeowners should create defendable space between their home and the rest of the yard. This means creating ten feet of clearance between a home and any vegetation. It also means removing dead vegetation, leaves and branches, from the yard. Dead plant material is more flammable than living plants, and can pose a higher risk of catching fire. Dead leaves should also be removed from rain gutters and out from under porches.

Keep lawns maintained and watered as dry grass can be incredibly flammable. Mow lawns in the morning when they are damp with dew. This makes it less likely that a spark from the mower could start a fire.

Place metal netting over ducts, eaves, and under patios to prevent embers and dry debris from getting inside. Replace missing or broken roof tiles regularly to prevent embers from reaching the wooden roofing beneath the tiles.

Keeping The Family Prepared

When it comes to prepping the family for emergencies, a lot of it falls to storing emergency supplies, creating a plan, and practicing the plan. Experts recommend having at least two emergency exit plans for every room in a building. Every person in a family should know these plans, as well as where to meet in the event of separation. Practicing these plans regularly can help a person memorize, which means they will be less likely to panic and forget them in the event of an emergency.

Emergency supplies should be stored in a safe, yet easily, accessible area that every family knows about. When it comes to wildfire prep, an emergency kit should contain any current medications needed by each family member, including pets. Important documents, such as birth certificates, deeds, and insurance paperwork, should be kept in a safe, fireproof area. Fireproof safes are great, but they are not perfect. The safe itself may not burn, but sometimes the papers inside can still ignite if temperatures get hot enough.

Stay Safe & Prepared This Summer

In the event of a wildfire, always follow the advice of emergency personnel. They know best. If told to evacuate by firefighters or police officers, people should listen. If they don’t, they could become trapped in their home. This is bad for two reasons:

  1. No one wants to be trapped anywhere near a wildfire. Emergency crews may attempt a rescue, but there is no guarantee they will get there in time.
  2. Emergency personnel will need to be diverted from fighting the blaze to attempt to rescue the trapped individual(s). That means less people fighting the fire, which is bad for everyone.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and can be very scary when they approach a person’s home. Unfortunately, they are just a part of life in California during the summer and fall. Luckily, there are steps a person can take to help protect their homes and ensure the safety of their families.

What are some of the ways that you have prepared your home for wildfires?

Let us know in the comments down below.

 

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

With the weather quickly heating up, many people are starting to pull their swimsuits out from their winter hiding spots. With California’s thousands of miles of coastline, there are plenty of places to go to the beach. However, the beach isn’t for everyone. Some people prefer to cool off without having to worry about sand getting everywhere. That is why some people prefer going to a pool.

In addition to the lack of sand at pools, they are often cleaner as well. The water is maintained by humans, instead of being left alone. However, despite the chemicals, mostly chlorine, put into pool water to keep it clean, one recent survey found that pools aren’t always as clean as one would hope.

Public Pools May Not Be As Clean As You Think

The clear blue water of pools often looks a heck of a lot cleaner than the ocean, lake, or river water. Those waters typically have all kinds of debris floating beneath the surface, making them hazy. Pools lack this haze due to the chemicals put into them to kill bacteria, and the filtration systems in them to pick out the bigger particles like bugs and leaves.

However, despite all of that, pools can still contain bits of harmful bacteria, bacteria that is typically brought in by swimmers. A recent survey conducted by Water Quality and Health Council found that 51% of Americans used pools as a way to rinse off after performing sweat inducing activities.

The survey, which polled 3,100 American adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7%, also found the following information:

  • 24% of people would go within a pool within an hour of having diarrhea.
  • 40% of adults peed in pools.
  • 48% admitted to not showering before entering a pool.
  • 53% didn’t know makeup affected the chemistry of the pool.
  • 55% didn’t know deodorant affected the chemistry of the pool.
  • 64% acknowledge the fact that pools don’t eliminate the need to shower, but use pools as a reason not to shower anyways.

While chlorine does help keep pools cleaner, it isn’t an infinite source of cleanliness. Think of the chlorine in a pool like a bar of soap. Every time it is used to clean something, it becomes smaller and less effective until it is all used up. However, chlorine is not a replacement for soap.

Chlorine keeps pools clean by causing chemical reactions in the water that kill microorganisms and bacteria. By adding other chemicals to the mix, bodily fluids, makeup, and deodorant, a person reduces the strength of the chlorine in the water, thereby reducing its effectiveness.

Help Keep Public Pools Clean

Some of the findings in this survey are more than a bit disgusting. Hopefully, they will serve as a reminder to everyone that there are times when they should not go swimming, and more than that, they should shower before getting into a pool. Doing so can help keep the water cleaner, longer.

Pools are a great way to beat the summer heat, and most are likely maintained on a regular basis. So long as a pool owners keep up with the maintenance of the pool, its filter system, and the chemical makeup, there is no reason to not go swimming in it. All public pools in California are required by law to be kept at safe and sanitary levels at all times. If a person suspects that this isn’t being done at a local public pool, they can report the problem to their local health officials.

As things begin to heat up this summer, be sure to help keep pools clean by not using them as bath time and showering before getting into the water. This will help keep the pool water clean for everyone.

 

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