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Healthy Swimming Behaviors
Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with, contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, fountains, lakes, river, or oceans. They can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. RWIs encompass a wide variety of infections including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, and wound infections. The public’s awareness of RWIs and healthy swimming behaviors are important tools in helping to stop the transmission of diseases.
Healthy swimming behaviors include the following:
In addition to illnesses, injuries, such as drowning, can occur in and around the water. According to the CDC, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death among children 14 years old and younger. From 2004-2008, 56 children less than five years of age in Oklahoma drowned. More than half of these drownings occurred in swimming pools. Simple safety measures can be taken to prevent injuries and drownings.
The following precautions should be taken to prevent drowning:
Effective November 1, 2010, the Oklahoma state statute changed excluding splash pads from licensure. Therefore, THD will no longer inspect or license splash pads. Swallowing water in interactive fountains, splash pads, and spray parks might make you sick. View an infographic for tips on staying safe at splash pads and interactive water fountains.
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