CDC Urges People to Take an Active Role in Promoting Healthy Swimming
ATLANTA, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- About 1 out of 8 public pool inspections conducted in 13 states in 2008 resulted in pools being closed immediately due to serious code violations, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Entitled, "Violations Identified from Routine Swimming Pool Inspections – Selected States and Counties, United States, 2008," the report is published in this week's issue of CDC's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR).
To assess pool code compliance, researchers analyzed data from 121,020 routine pool inspections conducted by a convenience sample of 15 jurisdictions across 13 states. Because pool codes and inspection items differed across jurisdictions, reported denominators varied. Of 111,487 inspections, 13,532 (12.1 percent) identified serious violations that threatened the public's health and resulted in immediate pool closure.
Although public health professionals regularly inspect public pool facilities to make sure that steps are taken to promote healthy and safe swimming, these inspections are only one part of the solution to prevent illnesses linked to recreational water.
"Pool inspections are vital to helping state and local government pool programs keep swimmers healthy and safe, but pool inspectors can't be at every pool every day. It's important for people to play an active role in protecting their own health when they swim," said Michele Hlavsa, chief of the Healthy Swimming Program at CDC. "By working together, we can decrease the risk of illness and make sure swimming is not only fun, but healthy too."
To help ensure healthy swimming each time, CDC encourages swimmers to take action by following the Triple A's of Healthy Swimming: Awareness, Action, and Advocacy.
RWI Prevention Week 2010: Pool Inspections and the Triple A's of Healthy Swimming
This report and the Triple A's of Healthy Swimming recommendations are presented in conjunction with RWI Prevention Week (May 24 - 30, 2010). The goal of RWI Prevention Week is to raise awareness about healthy swimming, including ways to prevent RWIs. RWIs are spread by swallowing, breathing in the mists or aerosols from, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, water parks, hot tubs, interactive fountains, water play areas, lakes, rivers, or oceans.
This year marks the sixth anniversary of RWI Prevention Week, which is celebrated each year during the week before Memorial Day. To view the pool inspection report, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/MMWR.
For more information on healthy swimming, call 1-800-CDC-INFO or visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming. For information on how to order a free pool test strip visit, http://www.healthypools.org/freeteststrips
For general information about healthy swimming, please visit your state's website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/resources/states/ or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's beaches website at http://www.epa.gov/beaches
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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