Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Swim Safely
Swimming is a fun, active, and healthy way to spend leisure time. Take a few minutes to keep health and safety in mind to help prevent illness and injury.
- Ask a buddy to join you when swimming so you don’t swim alone.
- Choose swimming sites that have lifeguards.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before and during swimming.
- Don’t swallow pool water.
- Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. Germs can spread in the water and make other people sick.
- Take a shower and wash your child before swimming.
- Take your kids on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes, or check diapers every 30-60 minutes.
- Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside. Germs can spread in and around the pool.
- Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers before getting in the pool.
- Watch children in and around water at all times.
- Make sure to keep your ears as dry as possible to help prevent swimmer’s ear.
All Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tips
- Make Health Your Resolution
- Take Folic Acid
- Lower Your Risk for Cervical Cancer
- Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Wear Red for Heart Health
- 5 Tools for Pregnant Women, New Moms, and Women Who Are Considering Pregnancy
- Be a Healthy Valentine
- Prevent Infections During Pregnancy
- Wear a Helmet
- Limit Alcohol and Prevent Prescription Drug Overdose
- Watch for Milestones
- Prevent STDs
- Garden Safely
- Travel Safely
- Be Summer-Savvy
- Protect Your Kids
- Make Your Home Safer
- Leave Fireworks to Professionals
Page last reviewed: February 5, 2014
Content source: CDC Office of Women's Health