Can I Swim in My Lake?
Decades ago, both children and adults would dive into nearby lakes without thinking twice. Unfortunately, the lakes of today are at significant risk of carrying harmful water pollutants, toxic algae, and a number of hazardous bacteria which make swimming a serious decision. When wondering whether your lake is safe to swim, check for these common signals that will let you know whether to take the plunge or stay out of the water.
When to Swim and When to Skip
If you notice any of the following signs in your lake, it’s certainly unsafe for swimming.
Algae are everywhere, but toxic algal blooms are to always be avoided. These blooms can cause severe respiratory and stomach issues and potentially dangerous symptoms if ingested while swimming.
Warm freshwater is a major warning sign. Higher temperatures are favorable conditions for harmful bacteria, which means you could be in hot water when in literal hot water.
If fish, creatures that survive solely in water, are having a hard time living in your lake, you may want to reconsider taking a swim. Fish kills can be the result of countless health hazards you never want to come in contact with.
Even if your lake is looking great, it still might not be the best time to dive in. Don’t swim in your lake if you have open wounds, cuts, or scrapes, as they put you at greater risk of infection.
Staying Safe While Swimming
When you decide it’s safe to take a dip, here are some tips to minimize risk.
Swim with caution
While you should never dive in with an open wound, you should also be careful to keep your eyes closed or covered when underwater.
Bathe after backstroking
Even if you leave the lake unscathed, you need to take a shower after your swim. Cleaning your skin and hair will keep any residual bacteria from sticking around.
Pay attention to potential symptoms
If you feel a little sick after a swim, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor, especially in the case of rashes, swelling, and fever.
Always tread lightly when treading water in your lake. Without professional help to accurately understand its safety, your lake should always be approached with caution.
Aquatic Management in Central Florida
Even if your lake passes a visual inspection, there’s a sizeable possibility that microscopic particles could be putting you at risk. To know for sure that your lake is fully safe, contact the aquatic experts at Sorko Services. We can inspect your lake and check for any signs of health hazards. And, we can install additional fixtures to make your lake even more secure to swim in. To learn more about the safety of your lake, call us today at 407-878-4492.