Have a Healthy Swimming Season

As the weather gets warmer, more and more people are venturing out to the pools for some summer fun.

But do you know the risks that go along with sharing water with other people? Sure, plenty of people are freaked out by public pools, but there are some really easy ways to avoid “recreational water illness” (or RWI).

 

Follow these simple rules to have some safe fun this summer:

  • “Welcome to our OOL. Notice there’s no ‘P’ in it. Let’s keep it that way.” Enforce this.
  • Not feeling well? Don’t swim.
  • Shower before you go in the pool. The pool is not your shower. Most public pools have showers nearby for a quick rinse.
  • Don’t put lotion on before going in the water.
  • Take bathroom breaks every hour.
  • Wash your hands after you use the bathroom.
  • Change diapers FAR AWAY from the pool.

And most importantly…

  • DO NOT SWALLOW THE WATER.

Breaking any of these guidelines allow bacteria, viruses, and other organisms to move from person-to-person in the water. When you ingest, inhale, or make contact with these cells, it can lead to common RWIs such as cryptosporidium, norovirus, or E. coli which all lead to diarrhea-like illnesses.

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