Stay Healthy As Swimming Season Kicks Off Memorial Day


State health officials are reminding everyone about staying healthy while enjoying Memorial Day weather in pools and lakes.

Waterborne RWIs are illnesses can be caused by swallowing or inhaling mist from contaminated water in swimming pools, water parks, hot tubs, interactive fountains, water play areas, lakes or rivers.

The following are tips to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWI) such as E.coli and Giardia:
· Don't swim when you have diarrhea.
· Don't swallow pool water or spray water bottles filled with pool water at each other at the risk of inhaling mist or swallowing contaminated water.
· Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up in the water.

· Don't allow infants or children with diarrhea to enter the water.
· Wash your children thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before they go swimming.
· Check pool water yourself using test strips purchased at your local hardware or pool supply store.
· Ask the pool operator about chlorine and pH levels and request information on the latest pool inspection score.
· Encourage pool operators to take steps shown to kill the germs that cause RWIs.
· Educate other swimmers about RWIs to promote healthy swimming.

Therese Pilonetti, a program manager with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Consumer Protection Division, said, "Many swimming pools open for the summer on Memorial Day weekend. Water parks, lakes and rivers will be filled with people eager to swim, fish or just be near the water. It's important to practice healthy behaviors around water to prevent waterborne illnesses that may occur from swallowing contaminated water."

Water safety tips were provided to kick off National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week, which begins today and ends May 30.

For more information about healthy swimming, click on the link below.

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