Water safety in Virginia’s natural bodies of water

By: Contributed Report | Twitter: @PGJournal
July 1, 2018 | 12:40 p.m.

VIRGINIA – Water activities are fun and a great source of exercise. Virginia’s natural bodies of water serve as an opportunity for families to have fun and stay active each summer; however, they can also be a source of illness.

Natural bodies of water are home to various organisms including germs. These germs can sometimes make people sick. Germs are spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water. These germs can cause recreational water illnesses. For example, gastrointestinal illness can cause nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Other possible illnesses can include infections of the skin, ear, eyes or respiratory system. Please share these tips to keep yourself and your family water safe:

– If water is muddy, stagnant, foul-smelling or a strange color you should avoid contact stay out of water if you have broken skin or and open wound

– Learn how to swim and teach children how to swim

– Avoid swimming in natural waters for at least three days after heavy rain

– Do not swim when you are sick, germs can be spread in the water and make others sick

– Do your best to avoid getting water up your nose or in your mouth

– Shower with soap and water before and after swimming

– Wash pets off after they swimming.

Natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, streams and oceans are great sources of fun and physical activity for individuals and families. Be safe and healthy when taking advantage of all the fun Virginia’s natural bodies of water have to offer.

For more information on how to be water safe, visit www.swimhealthyva.com. Visit Crater Health District on Facebook and Twitter using @CraterHD, online at CraterHD.net or by calling 804-863-1652.

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