Follow the advice of the Poison Center Network to prevent burns, breathing problems and more.
Concentrated pool chemicals, when mixed with water, create a type of bleach similar to that purchased in the supermarket. They can cause burns to the eyes, throat, lungs and intestines if they make contact with the eyes or are swallowed.
The dust or vapors from bromine or chlorine powders also can cause skin rashes as well as be an irritant to the eye, creating itching, stinging and watering. Individuals who have asthma are especially sensitive to this dust. When opening the lid on a pool chemical, make certain you are in a well-ventilated area and turn your face to one side or point the container away from you. Be cautious if opening the lid on a windy day as the dust or vapors may blow into your face.
Proper use and storage of pool chemicals help to prevent unintentional poisoning. The Poison Center Network reminds residents to:
Follow the label directions exactly in the use, storage and disposal of the chemicals. If you think someone has been poisoned, call 1.800.222.1222 to reach your local poison center. You can call the national toll-free number from anywhere in the U.S., 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.