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Pool safety includes a chlorine check

It's the end of August, and it's sweltering hot. Pool season remains in high gear as many seek a break from the heat. When you're considering safety around the pool, it's important to keep in mind that chlorine, which protects pools and hot tubs from bacteria, can also be dangerous if used improperly. The American Association of Poison Control Centers offers the following tips aimed at keeping swimming pools and hot tubs safe this summer. American Association of Poison Control Centers

• If you have a swimming pool or hot tub that is treated with chlorine, make sure the pH levels are where they need to be at all times. If pH levels aren't maintained properly, harmful bacteria can persist even in water that has been treated with chlorine. Monitor pH levels to make sure chlorine is doing its job, and follow the manufacturer's directors for safe usage and storage. Use chlorine as directed.

• Do not mix chlorine with other chemicals. Some chemicals are highly dangerous when combined.

• Do not mix different forms of chlorine together.

• Keep chlorine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Keep chlorine away from other combustible substances.

• Do not remove chlorine from its original container for storage. Doing so could cause confusion and could lead to accidental ingestion.

• Keep your poison control number handy in case of questions or concerns: toll-free 1-800-222-1222.

• If you are not comfortable storing chlorine on your property or you would prefer to avoid treating your swimming pool with chemicals you can always hire outside professionals to do the job.

• Be aware of the risks associated with swimming in chlorinated water. Exposure to chlorine can irritate skin and trigger rashes, including eczema, can cause burning, itchy eyes and can trigger or aggravate bronchial problems including asthma.

• Don't breathe in chlorine fumes, and avoid consuming, ingesting or touching the substance with your bare hands. Remember that while chlorine properly used makes pools safer, improper use can be dangerous.

Pool safety includes a chlorine check 08/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 27, 2010 2:29pm]
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