As many people know, in order to help keep pools clean, chemicals
are added to the water to kill germs and bacteria. While these chemicals help
keep the water healthy for recreational use, they can be extremely dangerous if
they are not handled or stored properly away from children.
A recent study by the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) showed almost 5,000 emergency visits in the year 2012 were
associated with pool chemical poisonings. The most common poisonings included inhalation
of vapors and fumes. Other common
poisonings include handling pool chemicals without proper use of protective
equipment such as gloves and goggles.
Here are some useful tips to makes sure you and your
family stay safe this summer and avoid chemical pool injuries.
chemicals away from children by storing them up and away from a child’s reach.
handling pool chemicals, dress appropriately by wearing safety goggles and
sure you handle in a well-ventilated area so that you do not breathe in any
the directions exactly to minimize accidents or splashing of chemicals.
Acetaminophen is found in more medications than people
realize. It’s the active ingredient in over 650 different over the counter and
prescription medicines. This medication is primarily used to relieve pain and
reduce fever. It is also combined with other ingredients in various medications
that help treat colds, the flu and allergies.
In prescriptions, you can find acetaminophen combined
with other ingredients that help relieve moderate to severe pain. Recently, the
FDA put out an alert to remind healthcare professionals to stop dispensing
combination drug products that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen.
Many times, people will
unknowingly take medications to treat other symptoms not realizing that several
medications they might be taking all have acetaminophen as an active
ingredient. This can cause SERIOUS complications including liver damage if more
than directed is ingested.
Acetaminophen overdose is now the most common cause of
acute liver failure in the United States. Protect your health today by being aware
of what medications you are putting into your body. If you ever think you or
someone you know has taken too much acetaminophen or any other medication,
please do not hesitate to contact the Poison Control Center at