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Local Health Departments Promoting Safe and Healthy Swimming

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This week is National Recreation and Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week.

With the sun peaking out from behind the clouds and the students getting ready to get out of school, the pools need to be ready to go. It takes a lot for pools to be swimmer ready, not only for the pool employees, but the health department, and even you as community members.

Everyone is aware of the normal rules at the pool, like 'No diving in the shallow end,' or 'No running on the pavement.'

There is a lot more to consider when heading to your favorite watering hole, like Marilla Pool, this summer.

"A big thing that comes to mind first is no glass in the pool. We can not stress this enough, people walk around here in bare feet and if someone gets cut it's a big problem," Jennifer Sirockman, the Assistant Manager at Marilla Pool said. She added, "Pick up your litter, no cigarettes, no cigarette butts, and wear your sunscreen."

The rules outside and around the pool aren't the only ones to be aware of. Local Health Departments say the community should remember to have good hygiene before entering the pool.

"Make sure that you keep track of your small child and your babies. Make sure that you check them before you go into the pool," said Ted Krafczyk, an Information Officer at the Monongalia County Health Department. "If you have to change them, don't change them poolside, take them inside. Anything that gets close to the water can get into the water. It's just basically thinking of good hygiene. Think about if you were going to get into the bath tub."

Other musts include not swimming if you have diarrhea, don't swallow pool water, and shower and wash your hands with soap before entering the water.

Parents should wash small children before they enter the pool and take them to the bathroom often.

"Parents if you have little kids and they're not in swimmy diapers, make sure you take them for regular bathroom breaks in the pool," said Sirockman.

If there's an accident, it could end the fun for everyone.

"We have to confirm it as an accident, we have to super-chlorinate, and keep people out for a long time," Sirockman said. "It really is a pain and it would really be beneficial to anyone who comes to the pool."

As always, the traditional rules like no diving, no running, and always listening to the lifeguard still apply. If you have any concerns about a pool you might be swimming in call the local health department.