A healthy pool means healthy summer fun

16/06/2019 Posted by admin

GRIFFITH and district residents have beenreminded to ensure their swimming pools arehealthy.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District seniorenvironmental officer, Tony Burns, said if poolsweren’t maintained properly they could become asource of infection.

”As the weather heats up so does the opportunityfor bugs and infections to grow at a rapid rate,”Mr Burns said.

”Swimming pools provide the perfect environmentfor this to happen so it’s important to be vigilantin keeping the pool sparkling clean andhealthy.Diseases such as cryptosporidiosis are highlycontagious and are easily spread simply by swallowingcontaminated pool water.

“Many bacteria can be killed simply by usingchlorine and through normal pool filtration.However, diseases such as Giardia and cryptosporidiumare not eliminated so easily.Therefore we encourage people to take care not tointroduce these bugs to the pool in the first place,”Mr Burns said.

Here are some summer pool tips to keep youhealthy:

– Clean pool and filter regularly

– Operate your pool filter between 8 and 12 hoursper day depending on pool use

– Don’t allow pets in the pool.

– Stay out of the pool if you have been feelingunwell

– If you have experienced gastroenteritis, waituntil you have been symptom free for at leastone week before returning to the pool

- Avoid swallowing pool water

– Use disposable swimming nappies forinfants

- Avoid swimmers itch by keeping pools below 26degrees and well disinfected (chlorinated)

– Keep pool gates closed and make sure aresuscitation chart is clearly displayed nearby.

– Avoid using a heated spa bath after consumingalcohol. Alcohol causes blood vessels dilate andvenous pooling can occur resulting in faintingand possible drowning.

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