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How to stay safe and healthy at pools and splash pads this summer

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Swimming and splashing are fun ways to cool off and get active. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) encourages you to keep safe and healthy when visiting pools or splash pads this summer. 

 

“While children are at highest risk, anyone can drown,” says Mark Adams, MPH, REHS, health commissioner at LCPH. “To help prevent drowning, follow basic safety steps. Have a responsible adult closely and constantly supervise swimmers. And, learn how to recognize and respond to a swimmer in distress and how to perform CPR.” Backyard pool owners should install and maintain fencing, locks, or other ways to block access to the pool.

LCPH also explains the science behind a healthy pool experience: Chlorine works by attacking materials in the water, like dead skin or feces (poop) – not liquids like urine (pee). Also, once the chlorine attacks a material, that chlorine molecule is used up and won’t kill any more germs. Pool managers have to add chlorine regularly to control germ levels and protect people from getting sick. LCPH inspects all public and neighborhood pools and splash pads in Lorain County to make sure that they are as clean and safe as possible. Do your part by taking bathroom breaks, and report any issues to LCPH at 440-322-6367.

Five tips to help you enjoy pool time this summer:

  1. Put on sunscreen whenever you head outside.

  2. Take bathroom breaks at least every hour.

  3. Watch children closely when they are in or around the pool. Drowning happens quickly and quietly, so avoid distracting activities like being on your phone.

  4. Pay attention and follow any posted safety rules near water.

  5. Pack drinking water or find a nearby water fountain to stay hydrated.