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Woodbridge, Va.—As summer wears on, it is important to remind patrons of the importance of following the rules around pools, spraygrounds, water parks and other aquatic facilities for a safe and enjoyable experience. Be sure to pass them along:

1. Always swim with a buddy in lifeguard-supervised areas.

2. Never swim alone.

3. Be cool and follow the rules of the pool.

4. Never dive in shallow water. Look before leaping!

5. Walk–don’t run–around swimming areas.

6. Know how deep the water is where you will be swimming.

7. Don’t swallow the pool water.

8. Take a break– use the restroom.

9. If you need help, alert a lifeguard.

10. Use only Coast Guard-approved life jackets; not inflatable water wings.

11. Do not push, shove or run near the water.

12. Never swim around or under diving boards or slides.

13. When swimming outside, get out of the water if you see lightning or hear thunder.

Courtesy of the Prince William County Park Authority

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National Head Start Association Pledges Allegiance To Playworld

Lewisburg, Penn.–Playworld Systems announces that it is now the exclusive playground provider for the National Head Start Association (NHSA)–a private non-profit membership organization working to meet the needs of Head Start children and their families. During the NHSA’s 36th annual convention, a donation of more than $25,000 was presented to the organization by representatives from Playworld. The donation will help NHSA install playgrounds at various Head Start facilities throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.playworldsystems.com.

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Swim Diapers Not The Best Solution To Prevent RWI

Colorado Springs, Colo.–A new scientific study demonstrates that swim diapers will somewhat reduce–but will not prevent–the spread of recreational water illness (RWI) of the most common cause of documented outbreaks, Cryptosporidium (Crypto). Scientists from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte report that swim diapers help by slowing down the release of disease-causing germs, but the benefits are short lived. Crypto is spread by diarrhea from infected people or mammals and is the single largest illness threat to pool users. To prevent the spread of Crypto, officials advise that people should not get in the water if they have diarrhea.

The researchers measured the amount of microsphere that released from swim diapers worn by children. The microspheres were plastic particles that have a similar size (five microns) to that of Crypto. Swimming trunks without a swim diaper of any kind had the poorest performance–almost 90 percent of the microspheres were released into the water within one minute. Swim diapers released at least 50 percent of the microspheres within one minute. Placement of a vinyl diaper cover over a disposable swim diaper slightly improved performance. In all cases, 25 percent or more of the microspheres were detected in the water within two minutes. For more information, visit www.nspf.org.

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Kings Beach State Recreation Area To Switch Hands

California State Parks and the North Tahoe Public Utility Commission (NTPUD) have announced that after nearly 30 years of operation, NTPUD will turn operations of the Kings Beach State Recreation Area (KBSRA) back over to California State Parks. KBSRA is a six-acre park bordering the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Initial acquisition of the park was made by State Parks in March 1974. NTPUD has been operating it for State Parks for nearly 30 years.

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