New Report Warns of the Dangers of Pool Chemicals
As the weather begins to heat up around the nation, many are taking to the pool to cool off. The latest issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report warns of the dangers of pool chemicals.
CDC Pool Chemical-Related Injury Study
The CDC looked at data from 2003-2012 provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and came to the following conclusions:
- On average 4,247 people are treated for pool chemical-related injuries in U.S. emergency rooms each year.
- Nearly half of those treated (46%) were children and teens under the age of 18.
- Poisoning was the most common injury. Poisoning was most often caused by inhalation of vapors, fumes, and gases.
- Most of the injuries (72.5%) were sustained between Memorial Day and Labor Day; about 43% occurred on the weekend.
- The most common way injuries were sustained was through improper handling of chemicals, entering the pool that had just been treated, and when pool chemicals were not stored securely from children’s reach.
Pool Chemical Safety Tips
Pool chemicals can cause a wide-variety of injuries as headache, rash, cough, sore throat, vomiting, and chemical burns. The CDC notes that these types of injuries are preventable. Pool owners can take the following steps to prevent pool chemical injuries:
- Always read the entire product label or Safety Data Sheet before using any chemicals.
- Ask for help if you do not how to do something; consider taking a pool chemical safety course.
- Keep young children away when handling chemicals.
- Always wear protective gear including goggles, gloves, and a respirator when using chemicals.
- Never mix different types of pool chemicals.
- Never add water to a chemical. Only predissolve, when the instructions say to do so, by adding the chemical to pool water.