CDC Press Release: Thousands Sent to Emergency Room by Preventable Pool Chemical InjuriesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 05/15/2014 01:04 PM EDT
Thousands Sent to Emergency Room by Preventable Pool Chemical Injuries
Injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly 5,000 emergency room visits in 2012, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nearly half of these preventable injuries were in children and teenagers and more than a third occurred at a home. Pool chemical injuries were most common during the summer swim season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and almost half occurred on weekends.
“Chemicals are added to the water in pools to stop germs from spreading. But they need to be handled and stored safely to avoid serious injuries,” said Michele Hlavsa, chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program.