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SUMMIT COUNTY— Swimming is a fun, healthy way to stay physically active and spend quality time with family and friends. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week highlights the roles that swimmers, parents, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.
The week before Memorial Day has served as an opportunity to encourage the community to adopt safety practices for summer swimming each year during Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The goal of this year’s awareness week May 24- 30, is to maximize the health benefits of swimming while minimizing the risk of illness and injury to children, adults, and pets. Just 2.5 hours of physical activity every week, including water-based physical activity, can benefit everyone’s health. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries related to the water we swim, play, and relax in—this summer and year-round.
Why Is This Important?
Illnesses caused by germs in pools and hot tubs
A new CDC report shows that during 2015–2019, over 200 outbreaks were linked to pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds.
Cryptosporidium (or Crypto) can make swimmers sick if they swallow just a mouthful of contaminated water. Although most germs are killed within minutes by chlorine or bromine at the recommended levels, Crypto is a germ that can survive in properly treated water for more than 7 days.
For more info, visit the Healthy Swimming website.
A Few Simple but Effective Prevention Steps We Can All Take
Before getting in:
Once you are in:
For healthy swimming information visit the Health Promotion Materials and Steps for Healthy Swimming pages.
Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children 1–4 years old. While children are at highest risk, anyone can drown. For more info, visit the Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts website.
Stay safe in and around the water
Keep backyard pools safe
Harmful Algae and Cyanobacterial Blooms
Algae and cyanobacteria (sometimes called blue-green algae) can overgrow or bloom in warm, nutrient-rich water. Some of these blooms can harm people, animals, and the environment. These events are referred to as a harmful algal or cyanobacterial blooms (HABs).
If harmful algal or cyanobacterial blooms produce toxins, they can cause a variety of symptoms, including skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, stomach pain, numbness, and dizziness. Symptoms vary depending on the type of toxin and the type of exposure, such as skin contact, eating contaminated food, swallowing contaminated water, or breathing in tiny contaminated droplets or mist.
For more info, visit the Harmful Algal Blooms website.
Avoid water that contains harmful algal or cyanobacterial blooms—when in doubt, stay out!
If you or your pets go in water that may have a bloom, rinse yourself and your pets immediately afterward with tap water. Do not let pets lick their fur until they have been rinsed. Pets may have harmful algae, cyanobacteria, or related toxins on their fur if they swim or play in water with a bloom.