Shower facilities in camp grounds are subject to the same kinds of bacteria and fungus as any public shower. While camp grounds perform daily cleanings, it's important to understand the hazards that can develop at a camp ground. Generally, you and your kids are safe in a camp ground shower facility; however, it is always important to err on the side of caution when using any public facility.
Exposure to Germs and Bacteria
Any wet or humid indoor facility or public shower is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, especially foot fungus, which is easily transferred from person to person. Add the numbers of people who use campground showers on a daily basis-each with her own level of sanitation-and the potential for germs to spread increases. While the Department of Health enforces laws regarding the care and maintenance of indoor camp showers, campers should be warned in advance of the hazards of camp showers and wear shower shoes at all times. According to article one of a section entitled "Laboratories and Showers" in the Massachusetts Department of Health report, "Every indoor shower room floor shall be washed daily with a cleaning agent and water." If your camp site washes its showers at the end of the work day, you could potential expose yourself to a host of germs and bacteria by showering late in the afternoon.
Families should always choose a campsite specifically designed for families and never allow a child to shower in a camp ground shower facility alone. While most camp grounds feature some type of on-site security, rarely are showers monitored. Camp shower floors can easily become slick after repeated use and result in an unexpected fall. Always instruct children, as well as adults, to proceed with caution and hold on to a railing when available. All shower facilities are marked for male and female use, when applicable.
Most camp ground showers are coin operated. During winter months, showers may produce cold water for long periods of time before hot runner starts to run out. Thermal shock can occur if a blast of hot water suddenly follows a stream of cold water. While small children and the elderly are more at risk for thermal shock, it is a risk nonetheless. Some camp grounds feature metered showers, which require coins to ensure the continued use of hot water. Add as many coins as needed to ensure the water temperature does not drop unexpectedly.