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      Warning for Weekend Lake Goers

      The Department of Environmental Quality is urging Oklahomans to use caution as they head to the lake for the holiday weekend.

      The Department of Environmental Quality is urging Oklahomans to use caution as they head to the lake for the holiday weekend.

      Certain bacteria, viruses and protozoa can be present in untreated bodies of water. Officials recommend taking these precautions:

      - 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 (pipes that drain polluted water from streets)

      - 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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