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CDC reports pool chemicals send thousands of people to ER

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

With summer almost here, many people in the Tennessee Valley are getting ready to jump in the pool, but it's not just swimming safety that people need to be aware of.

According to the CDC, pool chemicals sent almost 5,000 people to the ER in 2012. The agency found that pool chemical injuries were most common between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The most common type of injury was poisoning, usually from inhaling chemical fumes due to improper storage. People were also injured after handling chemicals without proper protection.

Other injuries came from people entering the water right after chemicals had been added.

We talked with Penny Johnson, the General Manager at Johnson Pools and Spas in Huntsville. She reminded people, "You don't ever want to put chemicals in and allow swimmers to jump in immediately after that because if you've overchemicaled your body of water, then of course you've hurt the person who's jumped in."

The CDC issued these reminders to help prevent injuries: 

  • Read and follow directions on product labels.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment, such as goggles and masks, as directed, when     handling pool chemicals.
  • Secure pool chemicals to protect people and animals.
  • Keep young children away when handling chemicals.
  • NEVER mix different pool chemicals with each other, especially chlorine products with acid.
  • Pre-dissolve pool chemicals ONLY when directed by product label.
  • Add pool chemical to water, NEVER water to pool chemicals.

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