Keep Healthy & Safe When Swimming
When temperatures rise, pools can be great places to help keep cool. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy by following some of these important tips.
We all want to keep our children safe. When most of us are enjoying time at the pool or beach, injuries aren’t the first thing on our minds. Yet, drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. Thankfully, parents and other adults can help protect children from drowning.
- Fence it off. Install a four-sided isolation fence, with self-closing and self-latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. This can help keep children away from the area when a parent cannot supervise them. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool.
- Make life jackets a “must.” Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim.
- Learn CPR. Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and get recertified every two years. CPR can help a child stay alive with little or no brain damage.
- Be on the look out. Supervise young children at all times around bathtubs, swimming pools, and natural bodies of water. Adults watching kids near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, or talking on the phone.
RWIs are illnesses that are spread by coming in contact with contaminated water from swimming pools, hot tubs, fountains, lakes, rivers, and oceans. These illnesses can be caused by germs such as E. coli, Shigella, Giardia, Norovirus, and Cryptosporidium. These bugs can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Swimmers who are ill and have diarrhea may contaminate the swimming pool, hot tub, river, lake, or ocean that you are swimming in. Chlorine does kill these germs but it takes time. Some germs may take up to a few days before the chlorine will kill it.
For All Swimmers
- Do not swim when you have diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.
- Try not to swallow the pool water. In fact, avoid getting water in your mouth as much as possible.
- Take a shower before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet. Germs on your body end up in the water.
For Parents of Young Children
- Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Waiting to hear "I have to go" may mean it's too late.
- Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside. Germs can spread to surfaces and objects in and around the pool and cause illness. Always wash hands after diaper-changing.
- Do not let children swim when they have diarrhea. It can spread germs in the water and make other people sick. This is very important for kids in diapers.
- Wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before swimming. Everyone has invisible amounts of fecal matter on their bottoms that will end up in the pool.
- Teach kids not to swallow the pool water or squirt pool water from their mouths.
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