Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is recognized May 22-28, 2017.
This year's theme is "Diarrhea & Swimming Don't Mix." Many people think chlorine will kill all disease-causing organisms in water instantly, but some can survive days in properly chlorinated pools. One diarrhea-causing disease, Crytosporidium or "Crypto," can survive in an adequately chlorinated pool for more than one week.
Some steps you can take to protect your family and others from diarrhea-related illness at the pool this summer include:
- Stay out of the water if you are sick with diarrhea. Swim diapers will not contain diarrhea if a child has an accident in the pool.
- Don't poop in the water.
- Don't swallow the water.
- Immediately report to pool staff if you or your child has a diarrhea-related accident while swimming.
Have your children get out of the pool once every hour, and:
- Take your children to the bathroom.
- Check diapers and, if needed, change them in a bathroom or a diaper changing area. Do not change diapers poolside - keep feces away from the pool.
Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).