By Claire Lewis

While this season usually conjures images of snowy landscapes, warm mittens and hot chocolate, the Christmas holidays can often signal a trip to warm getaways of sunshine and sand—and swimming pools. With the California Appeals Court taking back up a lawsuit against chlorine manufacturers, this snowy season is the perfect time to ask about pool safety.

Kid in swimming pool with beach ballNCSL will be hosting a webinar about the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). The Centers for Disease Control, through an initial grant from the National Swimming Pool Foundation, is working with public health and industry representatives across the United States to prevent drowning, injuries and the spread of recreational water illnesses at public swimming pools and spas by assembling a Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).

The MAHC will be a guidance document that can help local and state authorities make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. It  will serve as a model and guide for local and state agencies needing to update or implement swimming pool and spa code, rules, regulations, guidance, law, or standards governing the design, construction, operation and maintenance of swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and other treated or disinfected aquatic facilities.

Whether you spend these next few winter months curled in front of the fire or lounging poolside, register for the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST and learn more about this new guidance document. For further information contact Claire Lewis

Claire Lewis is a research analyst in  NCSL's Environment, Energy and Transportation program.

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