KEEP­ING SAFE AT THE BEACH

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Source: Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol

TO MAIN­TAIN healthy en­vi­ron­ments, op­er­a­tors at beaches should con­sider:

• Clean­ing and dis­in­fect­ing fre­quently touched sur­faces at least daily and shared ob­jects each time they are used. These in­clude handrails, slides, and struc­tures for climb­ing or play­ing; lounge chairs, table­tops, pool noo­dles, and kick­boards; door han­dles and sur­faces of re­strooms, hand­wash­ing sta­tions, di­a­per-chang­ing sta­tions, and show­ers.

• Set­ting up a sys­tem so that fur­ni­ture that needs to be cleaned and dis­in­fected is kept sep­a­rate from al­ready-cleaned and dis­in­fected fur­ni­ture.

• La­belling con­tain­ers for used equip­ment that has not yet been cleaned and dis­in­fected, and con­tain­ers for cleaned and dis­in­fected

equip­ment.

• Laun­der­ing tow­els and cloth­ing ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. Use the warm­est ap­pro­pri­ate wa­ter tem­per­a­ture and dry items com­pletely.

• Pro­tect­ing shared fur­ni­ture, equip­ment, tow­els, and cloth­ing that has been cleaned and dis­in­fected from be­com­ing con­tam­i­nated be­fore use.

• En­sur­ing safe and cor­rect use and stor­age of dis­in­fec­tants, in­clud­ing stor­ing prod­ucts se­curely away from chil­dren.

• Tak­ing steps to en­sure that all wa­ter sys­tems (for ex­am­ple, drink­ing foun­tains, dec­o­ra­tive foun­tains, hot tubs) are safe to use af­ter a pro­longed fa­cil­ity shut­down to min­imise the risk of Le­gion­naires’ disease and other ill­nesses associated with wa­ter.

• Pro­vid­ing phys­i­cal cues or guides (for ex­am­ple, lane lines in the wa­ter or chairs and ta­bles on the deck) and vis­ual cues (for ex­am­ple, tape on the decks, floors, or side­walks) and signs to en­sure that staff, pa­trons, and swim­mers stay at least six feet apart from those they don’t live with, both in and out of the wa­ter.

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