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Decoding the MAHC

Decoding the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). 300+ million trips people in the US make to pools and other swimming areas each year. People who swim can enjoy increased physical and mental health, lower risk for chonic diseases, joint and muscle pain or death, increased quality of life and decreased disability in older age. The problem - some places we swim aren't clean or safe. 1 in 8 pools are closed immediately on routine inspection for critical health and safety problems. Problems can lead to drowning, outbreaks, emergency department visits.

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Decoding the MAHC: The Model Aquatic Health Code

The MAHC is a free resource based on science and best practices. Government agencies and the aquatics sector can use the MAHC
to make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer.

300 Million: Trips people in the U.S. make to pools and other swimming areas each year.

People who swim can enjoy:

  • Increased physical & mental health.
  • Lower risk for chronic diseases, joint & muscle pain, death.
  • Increased quality of life & decreased disability in older age.

The Problem: But some places we swim aren’t clean or safe. 1 in 8 pools closed immediately on routine inspection for critical health and safety problems.

Problems can lead to:

  • Drowning: A leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1–14 years.
  • Outbreaks: During 2000-2014 almost 500 outbreaks were linked to pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds.
  • Emergency Department Visits: Between 3000-5,000 people visit the ER each year for an injury linked to a pool chemical—almost half of visits are among kids.

The Solution: Use the MAHC

  1. To update existing codes for public swimming pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds
  2. To incorporate guidelines based on science and best practices
  3. However you want: use, change, incorporate the entire MAHC or pieces of it

The MAHC is NOT a federal law.

It’s model CDC guidance that states and local communities can voluntarily adopt to minimize drowning, illness, and injury linked to public pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds.

The Public Health Impact:

The MAHC can help:

  • Prevent drowning, illness, and injury.
  • Raise minimum standards and reduce inspection violations.
  • Keep pools open for more summer and year-round fun.

Help make swimming healthier and safer. Learn more about the  Model Aquatic Health Code.

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