The battle cry of the summer swim season will soon be heard across the nation as recreation center and apartment community swimming pools begin to open their diving boards to the public and apartment residents over the Memorial Day weekend. Whether you’re a dedicated lap swimmer, a casual sunbather, or a parent looking for something to occupy your kids, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time poolside over the next few months
But lurking within the clear and pristine waters of these epicenters of summer fun are hidden dangers that could make your residents sick.
National Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week
The week before Memorial Day marks the ninth annual National Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week. 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 or hot tubs/spas. The theme for RWII Prevention Week 2013 is How We Swimmers Contaminate Pools, and for good reason as public health officials have been getting increasingly concerned over the public’s lackadaisical attitude towards personal hygiene and pools.