Avoiding E. coli when Swimming
We tend to think of E. coli bacteria as something we get from food, but you can get it from swimming as well. Follow these tips to keep from getting and spreading E.
- Babies in diapers shouldn’t swim when they have diarrhea.
- Don’t swallow pool water, and try to keep it from getting in your mouth.
- Wash your hands after using the toilet and after changing a baby’s diaper.
- Take initiative with your child’s bathroom breaks. Don’t wait until your hear, “I have to go to the bathroom,” because then it may be too late.
- Change diapers only in the bathroom, not at the side of the pool.
Source: American Red Cross
Safe on the Blades
To minimize the risk of inline skating injuries, keep the following tips in mind:
- Get well-fitting wrist guards and knee and elbow pads.
- Wear a helmet.
- Learn the feel of your skates by starting out on grassy surfaces, and practice your starting and stopping there.
- When you’re ready for a smoother surface, start out in a flat, empty parking lot. Any slight hill will make you go fast quickly.
- Keep your knees bent while you skate. It helps you keep your balance.
- Keep your weight on the balls of your feet while you skate. Shifting your weight to your heels can cause you to lose your balance.
Lift with Legs, Not Your Back
To avoid a back injury when you’re lifting something heavy: Stand close to the object
Bend your knees and keep your spine in its natural curve Grip the object firmly Push your body up slowly with your legs
To put the object down safely:
- Don’t twist your body
- Bend your knees as you lower the object
For lifting with another person:
- Have one person decide when to lift, and lift together
- Keep the object level
- Unload it at the same time
Source: University of Michigan, Department of Safety
Safe at the Beach
For basic safety:
- Don’t swim alone, even if you’re an extremely experienced swimmer
- Follow the lifeguard’s advice, and be sure to swim within sight of the lifeguard
- Don’t let children out of your sight
- Don’t swim during a thunder storm
- Don’t take glass containers to the beach, and carry all your trash away with you when you leave
To avoid illness due to water pollution:
- Try to swim at beaches where the water conditions are monitored, so you’ll know whether the water is safe or not.
- Avoid swimming at beaches that have visible discharge pipes.
- Avoid swimming at urban beaches, especially after a heavy rainfall.
- Try not to let the water into your mouth.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Palm Beach Safety Council
Motorized scooters have become popular lately, but there’s a lot to watch out for with these things in terms of safety.
- Ride slowly and cautiously until you feel comfortable with the scooter’s handling.
- In addition to wrist guards, a helmet and knee and elbow pads, you should also wear gloves.
- Never ride barefoot.
- Practice turns carefully, because these take a lot of getting used to.
- Be familiar with scooter controls before you start riding.
Source: Go-Ped Brand Scooters