As we approach the summer season, the warmer weather brings an increased risk of getting ill in and around water. To keep yourself and others safe and healthy when swimming, follow these healthy hygiene tips.
- Always shower with soap and water before entering the pool
- Do not get in the water if you currently or have recently had diarrhoea.
- Always get out of the pool for restroom needs.
- Take your children out of the water for frequent restroom breaks.
- Make sure your children are clean before entering or re-entering the pool.
- Do not swim while sick or with open wounds.
- Never swallow pool water.
- Always use designated changing station when changing diapers.
- Shower after swimming.
Doesn’t chlorine kill all the germs in pool water?
Chlorine is able to kill most germs but it doesn’t happen straight away. Some germs, such as Crypto, can live in pool water for days.
Without your help, even the best-maintained pools can spread germs.
How long should I stay out of the pool?
Avoid swimming for 7 days after the rash appears.
Do not swim for 14 days after diarrhoea stops.
Tinea corporis (athletes foot):
Do not swim until a day after treatment is started.