Healthy and Safe Swimming Week - May 20–26, 2019 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week from the CDC / Center for Disease Control. This year’s theme is “Pool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming.” Learn how to stay healthy and safe when swimming!
Swimming is a fun, healthy way to stay physically active and spend quality time with family and friends.
Protect yourself, your family, and your friends from germs in the water! Pools, water-parks, hot tubs, splash pads, and spray parks are great places to have fun, be active, or just relax. But you can get sick if germs contaminate the water. People who get into the water can carry in and spread germs.
Let the chemicals use their power on germs—not on your pee, poop, sweat, and dirt. The job of pool chemicals is to kill germs. But when pee, poop, sweat, and dirt rinse off our bodies and into the pool water, the chemicals break down these other things instead of killing germs. This uses up the chemicals’ power, which means there’s less to kill germs.
Follow these 4 easy steps to help keep germs out of the water and stay healthy "share the fun not the germs":
- Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
- Shower before you get in the water.
- Don’t pee or poop in the water.
- Don’t swallow the water.