What it is

Hospitality is the art of knowing how to welcome a person in your own space making him feel at home. It was considered by the ancient a sacred practice and represented a powerful and lasting bond of solidarity between people, which also manifested itself in the exchange of goods and favours. The reciprocal hospitality was the cornerstone of civilization, base of alliances between people and communities and of peaceful coexistence among peoples. The hospitality over time has never ontologically transformed and even today - in the era of the sharing economy - is one of the cornerstones of human progress.

Guidelines for Host

A Host of Fingerpools is first and foremost a person, a group or a company that has decided to make the lives of others more pleasant. And consequently also their own ones. Become Host on Fingerpools means, in fact, not only to share your own pool, but also to offer:

  • a unique moment of well-being to anyone who is looking for a dip to regenerate;
  • the chance to choose a more exclusive destination and experience, much more relaxing than the one you live in overcrowded public facilities;
  • a human and cultural connection with the territory and its people.

Below there are some tips to put into practice in order to make the experience at the pool of your Guest as pleasant and safe as possible:

  • the Host will take care to prepare for the arrival of the Guests. Clean up the pool area, the equipment and welcome them with kindness, giving them advice about the neighbourhood and the local customs and places not to be missed. With Fingerpools, hospitality is a lively feeling.
  • The pool must meet the requirements of the hygiene rules and all other applicable regulations (construction, maintenance, etc.).
  • The environment in general has to be clean, safe and welcoming.
  • If there are people in the pool who are not registered on Fingerpools (friends, family, clients, etc.), you have to reserve adequate space for the Guests of Fingerpools in order to give them a relaxing experience.
  • The pool must not be busy and, in any case, the number of people permitted in the pool must not exceed the maximum permitted by the regulations in force in the place in which the pool is located.
  • Respect the schedules proposed in the ad.
  • Make toilets available.
  • Take all the appropriate measures to prevent hazards and / or damages.
  • Notify the lack of lifeguard service.
  • Write the rules for the use of the pool.
  • A first aid kit should be present and available.
  • Do not allow access to the pool to minors unless accompanied by a parent or guardian who assumes its responsibilities.
  • Do not allow access to the pool to incapable and / or disabled unless accompanied by a guardian.
  • Do not allow access to people while drunk, intoxicated and / or under the influence of drugs and / or drugs.
  • Leave sincere reviews about your Guests, which are the basis of the reliability mechanism of sharing economy.

Guidelines for Guest

Good Guests must respect the normal rules of coexistence and education.
Here are some tips:

  • Follow the rules for use of the pool established by the Host.
  • Behave with education and common sense.
  • Do not stay in the pool after that time in the ad.
  • Do not keep dangerous, inappropriate or even potentially harmful behaviours to people, animals and / or property.
  • Take a shower before entering the pool.
  • Do not spit.
  • Do not release into the pool body fluids.
  • Keep the water and / or the surrounding environment clean.
  • Do not leave any rubbish.
  • Do not damage the pool and / or its appurtenances.
  • Do not cause damage to the Host property.
  • Do not access the pool if minor unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Do not access the pool if incapable and / or disabled unless accompanied by a guardian.
  • Supervise children.
  • Use power strips.
  • Do not use the swimming pool if you have significant excoriations.
  • Do not perform bodily needs in water or outside of the apposite places.
  • Keep the pool clean from drinks and / or food.
  • Comply with the rules of civil coexistence.
  • Do not show up in a drunken state and / or under the influence of drugs.

What to look out

Here's a list of the most common dangers associated with the use of pools, with corresponding risks to health and safety, and some advices on how to behave in case of accident or sudden illness. Fingerpools remembers you that in case of accident or illness is always crucial and vital to maintain the vision and to request rapid intervention of the emergency and expert personnel, through the local emergency numbers.

PHYSICAL DANGERS


The drowning is a low incidence phenomenon but with high lethality, and it is an impairment of the respiratory function caused by the immersion in a liquid.
Major Causes:
congestion, muscle cramps, trauma, anxiety, fatigue, muscle contracture, hypothermia, unexpected fall in the water, inability to swim, excessive alcohol consumption, dangerous games, swimming in deeper waters than your swimming skills, excessive power of the suction valves and drain of the pool or inadequate design of the same, water temperature too high / low.
Main first aid measures in case of drowning:
- immediately call the emergency number for help.
- If the person is conscious, take her safely out of the water and assist her.
- If the person is unconscious, take her out of the water trying to keep her upright to leave the airway open and to prevent further aspiration of liquids.
- When on the ground, the drowned must be placed in the supine position (belly up) with the trunk and the head on the same level.
- Secure the person and wait for rescue.
- In case of unconsciousness, lack of heartbeat and / or breathing, performing resuscitation attempts without being qualified to do it can only aggravate the situation.
- Efforts to eject the water from the patient airway (by means of abdominal thrusts or by putting the victim's head down) should be avoided.
- It is important to keep calm and lucidity, to keep the patient alert and to try to cheer him up while waiting for the arrival of assistance.
In European Union Countries there's an average of 650 accidents a day at the pool. Often these injuries are from the impact of mild or strong entity, which may involve:
- injuries or fractures of the skeleton;
- epithelial lesions;
- dental injuries;
- muscle-tendon injuries.
Major Causes:
falls, walking on slippery floors, loss of balance, inattention, high consumption of alcohol, stupidity, diving in shallow pools, dives performed incorrectly, jumps into the water from unsuitable structures (such as trees, balconies, roofs, etc.), life jackets or inflatable left on poolside, glass and other rubbish left around or in the pool.
Main first aid measures in case of severe trauma:
- in case of severe trauma immediately call the emergency number for immediate help.
- Secure the patient, trying to move him as little as possible.
- Consider the type of trauma (laceration, cut, sprain, bone fracture, etc.) and - only if you are qualified to do so - take appropriate action to limit the damage while waiting for help.
- It is important to keep calm and lucidity, to keep the patient alert and to try to cheer him up while waiting for the arrival of assistance.

Electrical systems installed inside and around the tanks can cause electrical shock. The passage of electrical current through the human body can determine the block of muscle function and very serious damage to the vital organs. The extent of the damage, or the functional lesion, depends on the amount of electric current that has entered the body. The symptoms are: involuntary and continuous contractions of muscles that do not allow the victim to break away from the current, loss of consciousness and, in severe cases, cardiac arrest and cessation of breathing.
Major Causes:
water in contact with the external electrical installations and bathers' wet skin. Defective submerged light implants.
Main first aid measures in case of electric shock:
- immediately call the emergency number for immediate help.
- Flip the circuit breaker, if hasn't switched by itself already.
- If you cannot interrupt the current, you need to remove the victim, possibly with a wooden object (never metal, which is an excellent conductor) or with a snap with one hand, to prevent the current arrivals to the rescuer too.
- If the victim is unconscious he should be made lie down and heartbeat and breathing should be checked.
- Secure the person and wait for rescue.
- It is important to keep calm and lucid while waiting the arrival of assistance.

DANGERS RELATED TO HEAT, COLD AND SUNLIGHT


It is the most serious consequence of being in environments with high temperatures for a long time and it leads to an increase of the body temperature up to exceed 40 ° C, with grave prognosis and risk of death.
The warning signs are:
- hot and flushed skin;
- intense thirst;
- fever;
- feeling weak;
- muscle cramps, especially in the lower limbs;
- nausea and vomit;
- dizziness;
- tachycardia;
- convulsions;
- confusion and even loss of consciousness.
Major Causes:
intense efforts in extremely hot environments, warm clothing in hot environments, dehydration, failure to supply the body with fluids and minerals.
Main measures of first aid in case of heatstroke::
- immediately call the emergency number of the Country where you are.
- Place the patience in a shade and cool place, making him lying in case of vertigo, on the side in case of nausea, keeping him in absolute rest.
- Remove any goggles, swimming cap and all that prevents the free movement of blood or respiration.
- Take a wet cloth and dab the skin of face, neck and extremities with cool water.
- Make some air for the patience.
- Only if the person is conscious, give water or, better still, a saline solution, every 15 minutes on small amounts.

It's a condition that occurs when the body temperature drops a lot. In a short time you may start to feel uncomfortable symptoms such as back pain, joint pain, abdominal and muscle contractures (with possible vomiting and diarrhoea).
Major Causes:
prolonged exposure of the body to very low temperatures and cold winds, moving from very hot to very cold temperatures abruptly (heat shock). The symptoms in this case are paleness, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
Main measures of first aid in case of severe cold shock or thermal shock:
- immediately call the emergency number for immediate help.
- Remove the person concerned from the cold and strip him of all wet and constricting clothes (like costume, shorts, swimming goggles, masks, swimming caps, etc...), and replace them with dry clothes and blankets.
- Warm up the body with a hot bath or a foot bath, being careful not to use too much hot water: the temperature must be enough to radiate heat, but without transmitting distress.

It is due to lack of blood to brain, heart and kidneys. The call of the blood in the stomach to facilitate a complicated digestion is the main cause of congestion. The warning signs are: sudden pallor, feeling faint, weakness, sweating, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness and, in severe cases, even loss of consciousness.
Major Causes:
heavy foods, physical exertion after meals, sudden temperature change (as a dip in the icy water in the hours of digestion), too cold drinks, high consumption of alcohol under the sun.
Main measures of first aid in case of congestion:
- call the emergency number of the Country where you are located.
- Put the individual lying - so that he does not suffer trauma if he faints - with legs slightly raised to facilitate the flow of blood.
- Dab the face with a damp cloth.
- Prepare a glass of plain warm water with sugar dissolved in it and make the patient ingest it with small sips.
- If the patient vomits, it is good.
- If the patient faints, do not panic, it can happen. In most cases he will wake in a very short time.
- After the critical event, refill lost fluids even with minerals.

Redness of the skin, often painful, that sometimes also turn into bubbles containing liquid and, in severe cases, they are comparable to real burns.
Major Causes:
prolonged exposure to the sun without using appropriate sun protection. Warning: you can get sunburn even if you stay in the water.
Main measures of first aid in case of sunburn:
- position yourself in a cool and shaded area and, if the burn is mild, treat reddened areas with special ointments. If the sunburn has the burn characteristics, you should instead turn to a pharmacy, to a specialist or to a health facility, in order to prevent infection or other complications.
- Do not pierce the bubbles to release the liquid.
- Refrain from the sun for a few days, or hold shade the area affected by sunburn and apply sunscreen often upon the rest of the body.
This is a slightly more severe reaction than sunburn. Erythema causes reddening of the skin, dry skin and appearance of bubbles, blisters or wheals, which cause itchy.
Major Causes:
prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV rays without the use of appropriate sun protection. Hypersensitivity to the sun.
Main measures of first aid in case of erythema:
- move to a cool and shady area.
- Do not further irritate the rash with chafing.
- Rinse with fresh and clean water.
- Apply a special cream for solar erythema upon the area affected by the phenomenon. To get some extra relief, you can also cool the product in the refrigerator before applying.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Refrain from sun up to total erythema reabsorption.
- Feed with products rich in beta-carotene and vitamin E (e.g.: carrots, tomatoes, apricots, chickpeas, berries and avocados).
- If the rash does not fade in a few days, or in the case of particularly extensive solar erythema or in presence of inflammatory processes, go immediately to a specialist.
This is one of the most common eye diseases. It is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that covers the white of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. Conjunctivitis can occur in acute or chronic form and cause burning, redness, feeling of sand in the eyes and lacrimation. The infectious form of conjunctivitis can be characterized by mild fever, cough, sore throat and swollen of the lymph glands in the neck. The risk of transmission it is very high.
Major Causes:
excessive exposure to sunlight and UV rays without sunglasses; ocular infections due to bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites; allergies; chemical substances as cosmetics, drugs; environmental factors.
Main measures of first aid in case of conjunctivitis:
- do not further irritate the eyes by rubbing.
- It is important that an ophthalmologist diagnoses the exact type of disease.
- The therapy varies depending on the type of conjunctivitis.

DANGERS RELATED TO WATER AND AIR QUALITY


Sometimes you can get in contact with different types of contaminants present in the tub and on the board of the tank, which can also lead to serious diseases. The infections are transmitted in three ways: by ingestion, inhalation and contact with contaminated water. Viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi can cause them.

Most common infections:
- Pharyngitis.
- Conjunctivitis.
- Severe gastroenteritis.
- Urinary tract infection.
- Wound infections.
- Rash.
- Otitis.
- Legionella.
- Lung ailments.
- Athlete's Foot.
- Warts.
- Giardia.
- Mycosis.
- Molluscum Contagiosum.
- Keratitis.
Major Causes:
water is not treated properly and consistently with chlorine and the appropriate disinfectants. Poor hygiene of the tub and its appurtenances. Old and malfunctioning equipment, dirty filters to replace. Poor frequency of sanitation and cleaning interventions on tanks, surfaces and relevant services.
Main measures of first aid in case of microbial contamination:
- in case you feel symptoms, leave the water immediately and go to a pharmacy or to a health facility to be visited and oriented to the most appropriate care.
- If the symptoms are experienced after a few hours or days of the event, go immediately to a health facility to be visited, examined and geared to the most appropriate care. Never underestimate strange symptoms after a day in contact with water (swimming pools, rivers, lakes, seas, spas, etc.).
There are several chemical products (and by-products) released into the waters of the pools. There are products released by bathers, such as physiological liquids and residues of creams or other cosmetic products, products derived from the water source (lime residues, alkaline substances, phosphates, etc.), and products used for the treatment of swimming pools, such as chlorine, disinfectants, algaecides, flocculants and pH correctors. Improper use of the substances for water treatment can create different problems both to the quality of the water and to the air of the pool environment.
Major Causes:
water treated with too high concentrations of chemical elements or otherwise not in accordance with regulations. Old implants, not overhauled and dysfunctional, dirty filters to replace.
An excess of chlorine, sodium hypochlorite or calcium hypochlorite in the water may develop Chlorine gas, which in addition to being toxic is very irritating to the airways even when inhaled for short periods of time. It can also cause eye irritation. The iperclorate water may also give rise to dermatitis, airway hypersensitivity and asthma; more rarely erosion of the dental enamel has been observed.
The cloroamine are volatile compounds resulting from the reaction between active chlorine and ammonia. They are the cause of the typical smell of chlorine present in swimming pools and, if in a too massive concentration, can cause irritant effects, in particular conjunctivitis and asthma.
Ozone, sometimes used in combination with chlorine-based disinfectants, is toxic by inhalation and may lead - even if present in small quantities in the air - to harmful effects such as irritation, inflammation of the respiratory tract, up to pulmonary edema.
The bromine is contained in two disinfectants: the bromoclorodimetilidantoina and in a biphasic system consisting of sodium bromide and an oxidant (typically hypochlorite). The use of bromine-based disinfectants is not recommended for outdoor pools. Excessive exposure to water of swimming pools disinfected with bromine derivatives can lead to problems of irritation of skin and eyes.
Main measures of first aid in case of chemical contaminants:
- in case you feel immediate symptoms, exit immediately from the water and from the pool area, and - compared to symptom severity - considered the opportunity to go in a health facility to be visited and oriented to the most appropriate care. - If the symptoms are experienced after a few hours or days from the event, go immediately to a health facility to be visited, examined and geared to the most appropriate care. Never underestimate strange symptoms after a day in contact with water (swimming pools, rivers, lakes, seas, spa, spas, etc.).