To keep pools clean, pool chemicals are added to the water to remove germs and bacteria. While these chemicals assist in keeping the water healthy for recreational use, they can be extremely dangerous if they are not handled or appropriately stored up and away from children.
Pool chemicals, such as chlorine and bromine, are added to protect swimmers from the spread of germs and prevent outbreaks. Other pool chemicals help disinfect, improve water quality, stop corrosion and scaling of equipment, and protect against algal growth. Keep in mind, pool chemicals can injure people when mixed, when not used according to label instructions, or when appropriate personal protective equipment is not used.
Here are some valuable tips to makes sure you and your family stay safe this summer and avoid chemical pool injuries.
· Keep chemicals away from children by storing them up and away from a child’s reach.
· When handling pool chemicals dress appropriately by wearing safety goggles and gloves or other protective gear.
· Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area so that you do not breathe in any toxic fumes.
· Follow the directions on the products exactly to minimize exposure or chemical accidents.
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 https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/index.html.