We want everyone to be safe and healthy while enjoying the Lake this summer and May 23rd is the Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Every year, the CDC highlights different topics to help swimmers, parents, aquatic and beach staff, public health officials prevent spread of disease, drowning, and injuries. Two of the topics that we would like to highlight are: Swimming-related Illnesses and Drowning Prevention.
1. Swimming-related Illnesses
Bacteria, viruses, and other organisms in the water can cause some ear and eye infections, stomach aches, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms. Luckily, the CDC offers some tips that everyone should take to minimize risk of illness while enjoying the water.
- Stay out of the water if you are sick with diarrhea.
- Shower before getting in the water.
- Take kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers every hour. Change diapers away from the water to keep germs from getting in.
- Dry ears thoroughly with a towel when you get out of the water.
- Don’t swallow the water.
- Don’t poop or pee in the water.
2. Drowning Prevention
Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury death for children between the ages of 2 and 4. It is important to watch children closely when they are in or around water. Drowning happens quickly and quietly, so avoid distracting activities like checking your cell phone. However, drowning is preventable so it is crucial that you stick to the following guidelines when out on the Lake.
- Learn basic swimming and water safety skills.
- Supervise closely.
- Wear a life jacket.
- Learn CPR.
- Know the risks of natural waters.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Use a buddy system.
- Take extra precautions for medical conditions.
- Consider the effects of medications.
- Don’t hyperventilate or hold your breath for a long time.
For more information about stopping the spread of disease or preventing drowning accidents, visit the CDC’s Healthy Swimming and Drowning Prevention pages.