As the weather heats up in Sacramento County, residents will be heading to the water to cool off. Whether it’s a public swimming pool, water park, or our lakes and rivers, you should be aware of healthy swimming behaviors
Swimming is fun and has great healthful benefits from the physical activity, but that’s why it’s also important to keep it clean. The water we swim in is rarely germ free. Even when the concentration of pool chemicals is well maintained, or a lake or river looks clear, bacteria and microorganisms can still be present.
Protect your health with a few steps to keep germs out of the water and off you:
· Keep it clean - stay out of the water if you feel ill; shower before you get in; have everyone get out to take bathroom breaks every hour; and don’t swallow the water.
Healthy swimming habits for anyone enjoying public lakes, rivers and waterways:
· Do not drink recreational water or use the water for cooking.
· Do not enter the water if you have cuts or open sores, as these are pathways for bacteria to enter your body.
· Avoid algae blooms (brightly colored water) and trash in the water.
· Wash your hands or shower after swimming.
· Pay attention and follow any warning signs and postings. Do not access a water body if posted warnings indicate it is not safe to do so.
· Contact your healthcare provider if you have concerns regarding your health after swimming in recreational waters.
Article contributed by Brenda Bongiorno, Sacramento County Communication and Media