LABELLE, FL. -- With Memorial Day and summer just around the corner, the potential for illnesses and injuries in water-related activities increases as residents and visitors enjoy water activities.
In recognition of Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week, May 19 – 25, the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties encourages everyone to take precautions to stay healthy and safe during recreational water activities.
Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. Each year, mishandling pool chemicals leads to over 3,000 visits to emergency rooms across the nation. Every day, two children under 14 years of age die from drowning, making drowning the leading cause of injury death for children 1 to 4 years old.
"You and your family can have a healthier and safer summer by taking some simple precautions" said Pat Dobbins, Administrator & Health Officer for the FL Dept of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties.
Tips for water safety include:
*Use life jackets appropriately
*Provide continuous, attentive supervision for swimmers
*Shower with soap before you swim to reduce the amount of bacteria in the water
*Prevent access to water when pool is not in use
*Follow directions on product labels and wear appropriate safety equipment when handling pool chemicals
*Check the chlorine and pH level before entering the pool, and don't swallow the water.