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Dive into Summer Safely: How Prevention Practices and Inspections Keep Our Waters Healthy

As temperatures rise, we’re all eager to cool off in pools and splash pads. But did you know that proper prevention and mitigation strategies can help keep these fun activities safe and healthy for everyone?

Here’s how:

  1. Keep it Clean – Regularly clean and disinfect pool and splash pad surfaces to remove harmful bacteria and viruses, reducing the risk of enteric diseases like diarrhea and E. coli infection.   
  2. Have your pool inspected – notify THD to have your pool inspected (more info below).
  3. Shower Before Swimming – Encourage everyone to rinse off in the shower and wash their hands before entering the water. This helps reduce the contaminants in a pool or a splash pad.
  4. Don’t Swim While Sick – If you or your child are experiencing diarrhea or other symptoms of illness, it’s best to stay out of the water to prevent the spread of germs to others.
  5. Practice Good Hygiene – Remind swimmers to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the restroom or changing diapers, and before eating or drinking.
  6. Avoid Water Clogging – Prevent water from accumulating around houses, particularly during rainy seasons, to reduce the risk of contamination.
  7. Supervise Children – Always keep a close eye on children while they’re swimming or playing in water to ensure their safety and to prevent accidents that could lead to waterborne illnesses.
  8. Report a concern and more – go to the THD website to file a complaint or to seek certification here:

By following these simple tips and promoting healthy swimming behaviors, we can all enjoy a summer filled with fun in the sun while reducing the risk of enteric diseases.

THD is here to help

Water used in interactive fountains, splash pads, and spray parks usually comes from an inspected water supply.  Most of these facilities allow the water to drain away.  Some facilities, like commercial pools, recirculate the water.  That means the water is pulled by a pump through a main drain and a skimmer.  It is then pushed through a filter and a chlorinator before going back to the pool. 

Did you also know that regular inspections of pools and public water sources play a vital role in keeping us safe from waterborne illnesses? The Tulsa Health Department inspects the commercial facilities at least twice a season to lessen the likelihood of the transferring of recreational water illnesses.  These inspections ensure that water quality meets strict safety standards, preventing harmful bacteria and viruses from contaminating our swimming areas. By regularly monitoring chlorine levels, pH balance, and overall cleanliness, inspectors help ensure that our favorite swimming spots remain clean and healthy for everyone to enjoy.

A message from our inspectors, “Please be safe and get out and enjoy all water activities, but refrain from swallowing the water.” We are diligent in our efforts to keep our waters safe and splash-worthy! Stay safe and happy swimming!

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