We all want to have fun in the water. Lately there are stories in the news about “Recreational Water Illnesses” (also called “RWI”) that are scaring more people out of the water than the famous movie celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer!
Yes, there are illnesses and germs that can reside in pools and hot tubs. But don’t let fear mongering keep you high and dry this summer.
The good news is that using pool chemicals (such as chlorine) properly kills most bacteria and germs. By testing your pool chemistry regularly you can keep most of those nasty RWIs away.
Other common sense tips to keep those pesky germs at bay:
Shower before you get in the pool. This helps keep germs out of the pool. Hey, we know you are clean already, but life is dirty and sweaty, and you want to keep that out of the pool.
Of course this should go without saying, but teach kids to use the bathroom. And don’t change diapers near the pool or deck.
Spas, jacuzzis, hot tubs…oooh that kind of hot water feels so good on our tired muscles and aching joints. Keep in mind that while adult bodies can handle the temperatures of hot tubs, they are not meant for small children.
Hot water that is not purified can be a breeding ground for bacteria and other wee beasties. Make sure your filters and pumps are in working order–we recommend a check up annually.
Even though you are adding chemicals to your pool and spa, your hot tub shouldn’t smell “chemically.” If it does, give us a call. We can diagnose and cure the situation before it gets worse.
“Swimming is a great way to get physical activity,” Hlavsa says. “The CDC is asking the public to do it in a healthier way.”
To protect yourself and your family in the water, the national Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:
-Don’t swim if you have diarrhea.
-Don’t swallow the water.
-Shower before you get in the water.
-Don’t pee or poop in the water.
For more information on recreational water safety—including natural bodies of water—check out the CDC’s Healthy Swimming and Recreational Water resources.