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Test your pool for bacteria with a free kit

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Perhaps a bigger concern right now in this country is what could be growing in your swimming pool.

The CDC says there are an increasing number of infections caused by bacteria in public pools. Normally, those pools are tested once a day, but that doesn't mean you can't do your own test. That's what health officials are encouraging. They say it's simple and the test kit is free.

Just go to healthypools.org to request your free test kit. They'll send you strips to dip in the pool before you dip in yourself. They won't tell you if there are bacteria in the water, but they will tell you if the chlorine level is high enough to kill the bacteria.

"We all want to have fun during the summer and none of us want to go home and get sick," said Diane Holm who is part of the Department of Health.

Health officials say the best way to protect against infecting a pool with bacteria is to shower first before you swim.

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