LANSING, MI (WILX) -- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging residents to maximize the health benefits of swimming with healthy and safe habits.
As part of these efforts, they are recognizing May 20 to May 26 as Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.
Between 2012 and 2018, 12 outbreaks reported in Michigan were linked to swimming in treated and untreated water locations including pools, hot tubs and freshwater lakes. More than 660 estimated recreational water illnesses, confirmed or suspected, were reported.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe while swimming:
Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
Shower before you get in the water.
Don't pee and poop in the water. Take your children out of the pool for hourly bathroom breaks.
Make sure everyone knows how to swim.
Use life jackets appropriately.
Open pool chemical containers safely, using proper protective equipment in a well-ventilated area.
Never mix different pool chemicals with each other, especially chlorine products with acid. Add pool chemical to water, never water to pool chemical.