Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 22-28

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week will take place May 22-28, 2017, marking the 13th anniversary of this observance.  Swimming offers many health benefits, but it is also associated with health risks (for example, diarrhea, drowning, and sunburn).

The Lincoln County Health Department wants to help you and your families have a safe and fun swimming season. Here are a few tips on how you can protect yourself and others this summer:

  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
  • Stay out of the water if you have an open wound (for example, from surgery or a piercing) that is not covered with a waterproof bandage.
  • Shower before you get in the water. Rinsing off in the shower for just 1 minute removes most of the dirt or anything else on your body.
  • Protect against sunburn by using a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use well-fitting Coast Guard approved life jackets for flotation assistance rather than foam or air-filled toys.
  • Make sure the drain at the bottom of the deep end is visible.
  • Check that the drain covers at the bottom appear to be secured and in good repair.

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/index.html

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