As Fourth of July festivities ramp up this weekend, we want everyone to be stay healthy and safe while out enjoying the lake. Gatherings, whether on land or water, carry a higher risk of exposure to illnesses. There are several ways that illnesses can be transmitted such as through person-to-person, food, water, and animals. The good news is that you can take measures to minimize the risk of illness and keep the lake healthy for others.
Tips for Staying Healthy on the Lake
Bacteria, viruses, and other organisms in the water can cause some ear and eye infections, stomach aches, diarrhea, and flue-like symptoms. MDH, Hennepin County, and CDC offer some tips that everyone can take to minimize the risk of illness while enjoying the water and keep the lake healthy for everyone.
Minimize the risk of illness while on the lake.
- Don’t swallow the water
- Shower after swimming
- Avoid swimming after a rain event
- Avoid swimming near discharge pipes
- Avoid swimming if you see a blue-green algal bloom
- Wash your hands before eating
Help keep the lake healthy for everyone.
- Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea
- Shower before swimming
- Take frequent bathroom breaks
- Change diapers frequently and away from the water
- Dispose of trash, animal waste, raw meat juices, and boat waste properly
Thank you for doing your part to keep our a lake clean and healthy for everyone. We wish all a fun and safe Independence day!