Water Safety

Protect Yourself from Recreational Water Illnesses by Remembering to Swim Your LAAPS!

Look at the pool and surroundings. What should you notice?

Ask questions of the pool staff.

  • What specialized training did the staff take to prepare for working at or operating the pool?
  • Are chlorine and pH levels checked at least twice per day?
  • Are these levels checked during times when the pool is most heavily used?
  • Are trained operation staff available during the weekends when the pool is most heavily used?
  • What was the health inspector’s grade for the pool after its last inspection?

Act by being proactive and educating others.

  • Learn about recreational water illnesses and educate other users and your pool operator.
  • Urge your pool management to spread the word about RWIs to pool staff and pool users.
  • Let your pool operator know that the health and well being of all swimmers is a priority for you.
  • Check the pool water yourself for adequate chlorine (1-3 parts per million) and pH (7.2-7.8) levels. Pool and spa chlorine test strips are available at local home improvement stores, discount retailers and pool supply stores. If you want to practice using them at home, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming/pdf/test_strip_instructions.pdf

Practice... healthy swimming behaviors.

  • Refrain from swimming when you have diarrhea.
  • Avoid swallowing pool water or even getting it in your mouth.
  • Shower before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • Take children on bathroom breaks or check diapers often.
  • Change diapers in a bathroom and not at poolside and thoroughy clean the diaper changing area.

Safety is always important.

  • Keep an eye on children at all times, kids can drown in seconds and in silence.
  • Don’t use air-filled swimming aids (such as “water wings”) with children in place of life jackets or life preservers.
  • Protect against sunburn by using a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and both UVA and UVB rotection, and be sure to re-apply it after swimming.

Read more about water safety at the CDC.

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