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The temperatures are beginning to heat up which means area pools will soon be opening up. To make sure you stay safe at public pools this summer, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department hosted a meeting with pool operators today at the Muskingum Recreation Center.
"For the operators, we're wanting them to make sure that their lifeguards are being very vigilant, that they have the proper safety equipment in place, and that they're aware of proper procedures for taking care of the chemicals in their pool," said Adam Dickerson, a sanitarian with the health department.
The meeting was held as a part of Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week which runs through May 25. It focuses on swimmer hygiene as well as the need for swimmers to take an active role in helping to protect themselves while preventing the spread of germs. There is one parasite in particular they are keeping an eye out for.
"The main one that we are concerned with is cryptosporidium," Dickerson said. "It's very hard to kill and has led to big outbreaks in public swimming pools."
For more information on Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week and how to stay safe at the pool this summer, you can visit the health department's website at zmchd.org.