Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Healthy & Safe Swimming Week May 23-29

The Darke County Health Department would like to keep this swimming season a safe and healthy one for you. Whether you go to a public pool, swim at home, or in a pond, or go boating on the lake, there are several things you can do to stay safe.

No matter where you swim, these simple rules will help you stay healthy and avoid getting sick. 1) Shower before and after getting in the water. 2) Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea. Diarrhea is the number one Recreational Water Illness spread each year. 3) Do not use the water as a restroom. 4) Do not change diapers by the pool, use a bathroom or baby changing station. 5) Take kids on frequent bathroom breaks. 6) Do not swallow the water.

Before you enter a pool there are several safety details you can look for. 1) Clean and clear pool water. You should be able to easily see the bottom of the pool. 2) Smooth pool sides. Tiles should not be sticky or slippery. 3) No odor. A well-chlorinated pool will have a slight odor, but a strong chemical odor indicates a maintenance issue. 4) Pool equipment working. Pool pumps and filtration systems make noise and you should hear them running. 5) No lifeguard. 6) Over-crowded pool.

For more information on healthy and safe swimming, you can go to the Centers for Disease Control website: Or contact the Health Department at 93-548-4196 ext. 209.

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