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Posted on: July 2, 2019

Environmental Health staff busy inspecting pools

Pool Inspections - Tina

The summer months mean the Environmental Health staff of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is busy inspecting nearly 100 pools monthly in the county to keep swimmers safe. 

Watch this video Environmental Health Specialist Tina Gustafson shows us what they look for to ensure the public’s safety and prevent health hazards.

During the summer months, it's important to be aware of everything from safety features around the pool to water quality.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control also recently warned about practicing healthy habits, especially when swimming, to keep safe from the parasite, cryptosporidium, because swimming pools can serve as a source of spreading it.

The CDC and the Health Department offer these tips on healthy swimming:

  • Protect others by not swimming if ill with diarrhea.
    • If cryptosporidiosis is diagnosed, do not swim for at least 2 weeks after diarrhea stops.
  • Do not swallow the water.
  • Take young children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes or check their diapers every 30—60 minutes.

Information about healthy swimming is available from CDC on the Healthy Swimming website.

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