Tips to avoid infections in Swimming Pools & Beaches

Avoid Infection by Bacteria Lurking In Swimming Pools & Beaches This Summer.

A day spent at the pool or at the beach is what most people look forward to as summer approaches. Sadly, families’ health could either sink or swim depending on which recreational sport they decide to dip their bodies in. Unfortunately, bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause sickness are sometimes found in the recreational water.

Amongst other recreational places are the primary place one comes into contact with contaminated water which may result in life threatening illnesses. Shockingly, hot tubs, lakes and rivers may be the cause for illnesses such as gastrointestinal, skin, ear and eye infections among many. Runoffs from farm fields due to heavy rains are predicted to be the reason for lake and river water contamination.

Epidemiologists advise that the safest places to swim are municipal and private pools because they are most likely being monitored for chlorine content. However, that doesn’t erase them from the list of possible sources for the water related illnesses because even pools can pose a great risk as some pathogens such as cryptosporidium can live for days in properly chlorinated water.

Water- related health issues commonly associated with pools that one must look out for are gastrointestinal illness and skin rash. These illnesses sometimes manifest as a result of many people swimming and playing in a pool for example; water parks, as the water is most likely recirculates and loses chlorine residual quickly.

Hot tubs are said to pose the greatest risk because the water is warm and stagnant and this invites heavy contamination by bacteria, viruses and fungi. Ways of minimising chances of contamination is draining, cleaning the tub regularly and properly amongst other things.

5 Safety Precautions for Prevention of Water- Related Illnesses

  1. People with diarrhoea should not use recreational water facilities, pools or hot tubs.
  2. Use soap and tap water to shower before and after going into a pool or recreational water facilities.
  3. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and tap water after using the toilet, before re- entering the water.
  4. Do not swallow the water.
  5. Avoid swimming in warm, stagnant water or using poorly maintained hot tubes or pools.

This post was brought to you by Dettol, in the interest of keeping your family healthy and happy, visit the Dettol website for more family hygiene tips and trick.

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  1. 2014-12-02 / 16:11

    Good reminders! It’s easy to overlook the danger when you’re having fun but a few quick tips make things safer.

  2. 2014-12-02 / 16:12

    My kids have swallowed their fair share or pool water and it grosses me out beyond belief. These are great tips.

  3. 2014-12-02 / 17:33

    This is such a great post! I totally agree with it. A lot of people don’t think about things like that and it is always a good reminder. I won’t even let my little one go to the public pool. I went and brought his own. Lol

  4. 2014-12-02 / 18:45

    These tips are great! We don’t do public pools much for these reasons.

  5. 2014-12-02 / 19:41

    Eww! I didn’t know pools harbored so much bacteria and that infections were possible from swimming in public pools. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t go to our local water park. Ick!

  6. 2014-12-02 / 20:08

    Great tips, especially having kids it’s something to remember !

  7. 2014-12-02 / 21:45

    Great tips – we live in FL and swim constantly so it’s good to remember these things.

  8. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    2014-12-02 / 22:08

    Great tips. All have a bit of common sense attached to them too.

  9. Michelle Hwee
    2014-12-02 / 22:59

    Great tips, I really had no idea how many germs there are… I don’t live near any local public pools but I now know to keep a close eye on everything..

  10. 2014-12-02 / 23:30

    Thanks so much for these great tips. I don’t like to let the kids play in public pools because I’m afraid the’ll get an infection. Your tips will help if I decide to ever let them.

  11. 2014-12-03 / 00:14

    Oh my gosh- I wish it were the season to be in the pool. It is so cold here in MA today! Thanks for the tips- I will remember them when summer returns!

  12. 2014-12-03 / 03:47

    I always tell my kids not to swallow the water in pool and it is a NO NO to pee on swimming pool!

  13. 2014-12-03 / 03:57

    Omg I don’t even want to begin to think how nasty swimming pools are. When I swim at my local pool I try so hard to not swallow any water, sometimes it happens and I get SO grossed out.

  14. 2014-12-03 / 05:33

    What an amazing and timely post with the winter vacations coming up. Everyone thinks that the chlorine is enough to kill the germs but it isn’t so!

  15. Elizabeth O.
    2014-12-03 / 07:02

    These reminders are noteworthy. Moms should be aware of these.

  16. 2014-12-03 / 07:23

    Yikes, that’s a little bit scary to think about what could be lurking in there!

    • 2014-12-03 / 07:25

      Also, I never would have thought the hot tub would be prone to it!

  17. 2014-12-03 / 08:21

    Ugh,, I’ll never think of a hot tub the same, lol. I would have thought the heat and water motion would be good for ridding bacteria, germs, etc. Learn something new every day.

  18. You hit the nail on the head with this one! I’ve been saying this for years I HATE HOT TUBS. So gross, it’s like getting in someones bath with them. bleck.

  19. We hardly ever get to public pools around here but we have our own swimming pool. Little man has swallowed pool water I don’t know how many times.

  20. 2014-12-03 / 18:47

    I never really thought about this! We actually have our own pool.

  21. 2014-12-03 / 19:16

    I avoid public pools from now on, this is something I don’t want to deal with!

  22. 2014-12-03 / 22:32

    This is a great time of the year for this important post. A lot of people are going on vacations and will be in public pools.

  23. 2014-12-04 / 04:48

    Great reminders. I can’t imagine some with the case of diarrhea be in a pool. Yuko!

  24. 2014-12-04 / 07:21

    Thanks for the tips. It’s nice to be healthy during summer swimming months.

    • 2014-12-04 / 09:44

      My pleasure. A big thanks to Dettol.

  25. 2014-12-04 / 23:59

    Now that I am a mom, I pay more attention to these kinds of things. I will remember these tips for summertime! Thanks!

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