Minnesota health officials say a few basic precautions can help keep families healthy at the pool and beach. Despite the recent rain and flooding, the Fourth of July holiday is expected to be busy at Minnesota’s beaches and pools. Health officials say best way to prevent water-borne illnesses is to keep germs out of the water in the first place, even chlorinated pools.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging boaters to create a safety plan before hitting the waters this Memorial Day weekend. With a High Water Declaration in effect for Lake Minnetonka, Sheriff Rich Stanek says boaters need to manage their wakes properly, as well as have the necessary safety gear in place.
It’s still good swimming weather with a heat index in the upper 90s, but you might have to search for a safe place to swim. Many municipal pools have closed for the season and a lot of local beaches no longer have lifeguards.
Zebra mussels are quickly becoming a water hazard you need to look out for in several state lakes.
Two dozen people have died in Minnesota water accidents so far this year – five recently. That compares with 14 by the same time last year.