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Recommendations for Preventing Pool Chemical-Associated Injuries


Chemicals are added to pool * water to kill disease-causing germs, maximize the efficacy of the disinfection process (for example, pH control), improve water quality, stop corrosion and scaling of equipment, and protect against algal growth. However, pool chemicals can also lead to injury when mixed together or when appropriate personal protective equipment is not used during handling.

The following recommendations are based on a review of reports of pool chemical–associated injuries 1-2.

* The word "pool" is used to refer to all treated recreational water venues which include, but are not limited to, pools, water parks, hot tubs, water play areas, and interactive fountains.

References
  1. CDC. Pool chemical–associated health events in public and residential settings — United States, 1983–2007. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2009;58(18):489–93.
  2. CDC. Acute illness and injury from swimming pool disinfectants and other chemicals --- United States, 2002—2008. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011;60(39):1343-7.

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