Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Keep Pool Chemicals Out of Reach and Locked Away

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.

v  Keep chemicals away from children by storing them up and away from a child’s reach.

v  When handling pool chemicals, dress appropriately by wearing safety goggles and gloves.

v  Make sure you handle in a well-ventilated area so that you do not breathe in any toxic fumes.

v  Follow the directions exactly to minimize accidents or splashing of chemicals.

Remember, if you come in contact with pool chemicals or believe you might have been poisoned, please contact the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. For more information on pool chemical safety, please visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/preventing-pool-chemical-injuries.html.

1 comment:

  1. Just moved into a new home with a pool. My kids love the pool, and are in it almost everyday after school. Awesome tip to keep the pool chemicals out of reach of kids. Those chemicals can be very dangerous. I'll have to get a storage box I can lock to help keep my kids safe. Thank you for post this awesome advice. Pool Safety http://www.imperialpaddock.com/products_and_equipment.html