Fulton Residents Reminded to be Safe as Pool Season Approaches | Print |

In observance of National Recreational Water Illness (RWI) Week (May 23 – 29, 2011), the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Division of Environmental Health Services encourages residents to use healthy swimming behaviors to prevent recreational water illnesses during the season of fun and splash.  

RWIs are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, water parks, hot tubs, interactive fountains, water play areas, lakes, rivers, or oceans.

The best way to prevent RWIs is to keep germs out of the pool in the first place. Everyone can help create healthy swimming experiences by following these six steps:

  • PLEASE don’t swim when you have diarrhea.
  • PLEASE don’t swallow pool water.
  • PLEASE practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • PLEASE take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often.
  • PLEASE change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside.
  • PLEASE wash children thoroughly with soap and water before they go swimming.

For more information about National Recreational Water Illness Week and water safety, log-on to www.fultoncountygahealth.org.