Swimming can be a fun and healthy activity, for children and adults alike, especially in the summer heat. Unfortunately, with that fun there are dangers lurking that most people don’t think about.
Chlorine, like household chemicals has many risks, if not used and stored properly.
Chlorine is used to keep swimming pools clean, and free from bacteria, alga and other harmful substances, so the water is safe for swimming. “Chlorine breaks down oils, lotions and skin flakes, more commonly known as “bather waste”.” (LovetoKnow.com)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 4,535 people per year have gone to the emergency room for exposure to chlorine, in the last decade. More than half of those injuries are taking place at home pools, and more than a third of the injured are children and teens. (CDC.com)
The most common injury is poisoning, by breathing in the fumes. Other injuries occur when chlorine is not secured out of the reach of children, and “when people enter a pool too soon after chemicals have been added.” (TheWashingtonPost.com)
The dangers of chlorine:
The reported dangers of chlorine use in swimming pools is scary, but there are some things you can do to keep safe.
Safety tips for pool owners and operators:
Safety tips for swimmers:
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