Swimming pools are the place to be on hot summer days. They’re a great way for adults and children alike to beat the heat and have some fun. Pool chemicals that make it safe to swim can also be toxic if handled incorrectly. Read on for information and tips to stay safe when adding chemicals to your own pool.
Pool chemicals containing chlorine are most commonly associated with unintentional poisoning. Chlorine fumes can cause minor-to-severe irritation of the eyes and lungs. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are more sensitive to chlorine toxicity.
Red, itchy watery eyes
Chest burning and tightness
If you’ve been exposed to chlorine gas, immediately seek fresh air. Ffor mild-to-moderate symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222. Call 911 for severe symptoms such as trouble breathing.
Always take caution when working with pool chemicals.
Open and use pool chemicals in a well-ventilated area and wear eye and skin protection.
Never sniff a chemical to see how potent it is.
Never mix chemicals unless specifically directed by product labels.
IPC is here to help. Our toxicology experts are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions and offer treatment advice. Calls to the IPC helpline, 1-800-222-1222, are free and confidential.