public pools, life guards and parents enforce hallowed
safety rules, like �no running� and �wait an hour after
a meal before swimming.� At private residential pools,
however, the responsibility for safety falls squarely on
pool owners and the rules go far beyond �no horseplay.�
American Association of Poison Control Centers recommends
that the first safety rule for pool owners be: handle pool
chemicals carefully! In addition to the obvious dangers to
young children, anyone can be poisoned by toxic fumes when
pool chemicals are combined inappropriately or if containers
owners should always:
manufacturer�s instructions printed on the product label.
Use only the recommended amounts and follow the storage
mixing is required, do so only according to label
instructions and in a well-ventilated area. Do not inhale
pool chemical dust or fumes.
chemicals locked and out of reach of children and pets.
Make sure the
use and disposal of pool chemicals is handled by an adult.
Do not smoke
while using pool chemicals; keep chemicals away from the
thoroughly after working with pool chemicals.
poison center hotline number, 1-800-222-1222, posted near
the chemicals and near the telephone.
chemicals are inhaled, splashed on skin or eyes, or
swallowed, call the local poison center immediately at
1-800-222-1222. Have the container with you when you call.
Local poison centers are available 24 hours a day, seven
days a week to answer questions about poisoning prevention
and treatment. Nurses, pharmacists, physicians and other
poison experts provide confidential, toll-free advice at