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The week before Memorial Day, May 23–29, 2022, marks the 18th annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Nationwide, communities will be collaborating and engaging in discussion about how to maximize the health benefits of water-based physical activity while minimizing the risk of recreational water–associated illness and injury.
Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Virtual Toolkit - 2022 This toolkit contains VDH brochures, posters, and links to other partners information in one convenient location.
CDC- Healthy Swimming Visit this website to download a variety of health promotion materials, including brochures, fact sheets, info-graphics, and more.
Stay Safe while frolicking in Splash Pads!
To prevent illness and injury while enjoying Splash Parks, follow these steps:
- Avoid swallowing splash pad water, it is disinfected but still contains germs!
- Stay out of splash pads if you have had vomiting or diarrhea.
- Jets can rinse germs found in poop off butts. Swallowing the water with those germs can make you sick. Chlorine doesn’t kill germs instantly.
- Shower with soap and water BEFORE and AFTER enjoying a splash pad.
- Provide continuous and close supervision to recreators - no running to avoid slips and falls!
- Swallowing the water with those germs can make you sick. Chlorine doesn’t kill germs instantly.
- Did you know that it can take chlorine minutes—and sometimes even days—to kill germs in splash pad water? Swallowing water with germs can cause diarrhea or vomiting.
- Check diapers and take bathroom breaks every hour at splash pads. When pee and poop mix with the water, they use up chlorine needed to kill germs.
Can Monkeypox Spread in Swimming Pools?
No studies have found a clear link between monkeypox and water in pools, hot tubs, or splash pads. The monkeypox virus is killed in water at the chlorine levels recommended by CDC and required by U.S. jurisdictions.
However, it is possible to spread monkeypox to others through close, skin-to-skin contact. It can also be spread by sharing objects that a person with monkeypox used, such as towels, kickboards, or clothing.
Visit the VDH Monkeypox webpage for more information.