Single Source wants you to stay safe this summer! You already know that Single Source is Rhode Island’s leading water damage experts when it comes to cleaning up or repairing homes and businesses after a water damage loss but did you know that we’re also experts on water quality? Especially the types of water that that can make you sick?
When swimming or taking part in water activities in public (and privately-owned) pools or water parks, it’s important to realize that you share the water—and the germs in it—with every person who enters the pool.
This means that just one person who is experiencing diarrhea can easily contaminate the water. Swallowing even a small amount of pool water that has been contaminated with the germs that cause diarrhea can make you sick. Take action to reduce the spread of Recreational water illnesses (RWIs)! Follow the steps below to help ensure that your swimming experience this summer is healthy and RWI-free.
Protect yourself and others from RWIs and follow the Six Steps for Healthy Swimming:
We don’t mean to put a damper on summer fun, but RWIs caused by germs often found in public pools and water parks are EASILY spread by swallowing or having contact with contaminated water. The most common symptoms of RWIs include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and fever. RWIs can also cause skin, ear, eye, respiratory, or neurologic symptoms as well.
Three Steps for All Swimmers
- Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.
- Don’t swallow the pool water. Avoid getting water in your mouth.
- 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.
Three Steps for Parents of Young Kids
- Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Waiting to hear “I have to go” may mean that it’s too late.
- Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside. Germs can spread in and around the pool.
- Wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before swimming. Invisible amounts of fecal matter can end up in the pool.