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HEALTHWATCH: Pool Chemical dangers

Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014, 07:01 PM CDT
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Pool safety is usually focused on preventing drowning but a new report shows there are many more dangers near a pool. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning people about the chemicals you put in the pool.  Nationwide, about 5000 people a year go to emergency rooms due to pool chemical injuries.

The majority of them are kids. Many parents were surprised to hear it.
Sacred Heart Emergency Room director, Dr. Timothy Rak said, "Pool chemicals are indeed chemicals. Even though we leave them out they can be quite corrosive. Chlorine is most popular, chlorine when mixed with water can form an acid, hydrochloric acid, very burning, caustic, can form a gas and people can inhale these fumes."

Doctors say remember the basics and treat the chemicals like you would any hazardous substance because as we all know, kids can get into anything.

Some good rules are to never mix chlorine products with acid or different pool products and if a product label says to pre-dissolve it- never add water to pool chemical because a potentially explosive reaction can occur. Instead add the pool chemical to the water;

Pool chemicals can pose a threat not only at home, but also in public pools.. if the staff isn't properly trained in chemical safety.
   
You can always call your local poison center with any questions or concerns.
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