Health alert: Safety tips to avoid getting sick on the lake this Labor Day

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Many  Oklahomans will be spending their Labor Day holiday on the lake.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is warning lake-goers to be cautious when out on the water.

Swimmers are encouraged to pay close attention to water conditions since certain bacteria and viruses are present in untreated bodies of water.

The DEQ recommends the following precautions when swimming in a lake or river: 

  • Hold nose or wear nose plugs when jumping into the water.
  • Wash open skin cuts and scrapes with clean soap and water immediately after swimming.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming.
  • Wear ear plugs to prevent ear infections.
  • Wear swim goggles or masks to prevent eye infections.
  • Avoid swimming near storm drains.
  • Take children to the restroom frequently/Use swim diapers on infants.
  • Stay away from any area that has floating debris, stagnant water, oil sheens or dead fish.

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