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What are some of the dangers of handling pool chemicals?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

As Burt Lancaster in "The Swimmer" journeyed through the backyards of his suburban neighbors, dipping into their well-chlorinated swimming pools, he trusted that the disinfectant would protect him from whatever menacing bacteria might have found their way into the water. What he didn't know was that the pools' chemical immune system demands careful tending. Mishandling those pool chemicals can make us humans pretty sick!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,000 cases of illness and injuries to skin, eyes, and lungs caused by improper handling of swimming pool chemicals are reported in the U.S. annually. Many, many more go unreported. These incidents happen from accidental spills, improper storage, and mixing the wrong chemicals or chemicals that are incompatible.

 

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