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Using an Above Ground Swimming Pool Without Chemicals

This is a guide about using an above ground swimming pool. Many people set up above ground pools for the summer. Using the appropriate chemicals to treat the water helps prevent people from getting sick and keeps the water clear. Here is some information about how to safely use an above ground pool.


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July 1, 2015

I just bought my son a huge above ground swimming pool for his birthday party. I have run a little short on cash and do not have the money until this following payday to purchase chemicals. I was wandering if it is safe for a bunch of kids to go swimming in it just for the day of party? The water is freshly being put it now, and no one has yet been in it.


July 1, 20150 found this helpful
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"SAFE" is a subjective quality. Many kids swim in lakes, rivers, oceans, etc., with no problem, however, these waters are different than a wholly contained pool. There may not be a medical problem in allowing the kids to play in untreated water, however, if a kid or some kids become ill later, the parents may place blame on you for allowing their kids in untreated water. I believe it would be a "safer" plan if you could find a way to buy the required chemicals.

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July 1, 20150 found this helpful

You need the chemicals, mainly so you can prove you put them in in case someone's child gets sick and your pool is suspected.

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July 2, 20150 found this helpful

I used to put my kids in a very large inflatable, filling it the day they swam and draining it when they were done. If the kids swim the day you put the water in, it should be okay.

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July 2, 20150 found this helpful

As a mom, I would have no problem with that. I assume you are using treated water from a city system. Or drinkable water from a rural home system.


If you have concerns, you could inform the parents of these children, and they could decide for themselves if their kid can swim in your pool. Certainly if it was a small pool, no one would worry about it.

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