Splash pads provide a great way to escape the heat without committing to a day at the pool or a big water park. But due to their design, they aren’t always regulated, nor do they always require the water be properly disinfected.
To help families stay safe and well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the following splash pad safety tips:
- Have children shower before getting in the water.
- Stay out of the water if you’re sick with diarrhea.
- Take kids on bathroom breaks and check diapers every hour. Note that swim diapers don’t stop germs, poop or pee from getting in the water.
- Don’t swallow the spray water.
- Don’t poop or pee in the water.
- Don’t sit or stand on the water jets or spray features.
For more splash pad safety information, check out the HSI Emergency Care blog.