Tips for Pool Owners: the Safe Handling of Pool Chemicals


At public pools, life guards and parents enforce hallowed safety rules, like "no running" and "wait an hour after a meal before swimming." At private residential pools, however, the responsibility for safety falls squarely on pool owners and the rules go far beyond "no horseplay."

The American Association of Poison Control Centers recommends that the first safety rule for pool owners be: handle pool chemicals carefully! In addition to the obvious dangers to young children, anyone can be poisoned by toxic fumes when pool chemicals are combined inappropriately or if containers leak.

Pool owners should always:

Local poison centers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions about poisoning prevention and treatment. Nurses, pharmacists, physicians and other poison experts provide confidential, toll-free advice at 1-800-222-1222.

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