Keep the Pool Safe This Summer
As the summer season approaches, residential pool owners and public pool operators should be sure to take safety precautions when using chemicals to treat the water to protect both themselves and swimmers from potential health hazards.
Nationally, nearly 5,000 people visited an emergency room for injuries associated with pool chemicals, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Nearly half of those preventable injuries were in children and teenagers and more than a third occurred at a home.
Employees who maintain pools should also take steps to protect themselves because prolonged exposure to chlorine-based chemicals can cause respiratory irritation or even asthma.
The Department of Health has produced a flyer, http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/survweb/wra/documents/poolchemicals.pdf. "Don't Get Sick When Applying Pool Chemicals" containing safe work practice recommendations for pool staff who manually adjust chlorine levels. Safety precautions for workers include wearing protective equipment, undergoing training and following safe work practices.
Visit the CDC for more on pool chemical safety: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/preventing-pool-chemical-injuries.html
Pool owners and operators also need to pay close attention to general pool safety, especially if children are swimming or are near the pool. Important safety tips include:
More safety tips are available at:
For additional information about recreational bathing and pool safety, please visit: http://nj.gov/health/ceohs/index.shtml