CDC: Pool Chemicals Injure Thousands

By Chelsea Keenan, The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Nationwide, about 5,000 people in 2012 went emergency rooms because of pool chemical injuries, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children and teenagers made up almost half of those with preventable injuries, the CDC found, and more than a third of the injuries happened at a home.

The majority of pool chemical injuries happened during the summer swimming season — from Memorial Day to Labor Day — and almost half happened on weekends.

“Chemicals are added to the water in pools to stop germs from spreading,” said Michele Hlavsa, chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program. “But they need to be handled and stored safely to avoid serious injuries.”

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