Talk to parents about handling pool chemicals—to keep children safe!

August 11, 2006

During hot summer months, children and adolescents flock to pools to keep cool. But a multitude of problems-including coughing and shortness of breath-can arise if pool chemicals are not stored safely. Remind parents to seal all original containers of pool chemicals to keep their children safe when cooling off this summer. And there's more good advice to offer to owners of home pools where children congregate.

During hot summer months, children and adolescents flock to pools to keep cool. But a multitude of problems—including coughing and shortness of breath—can arise if pool chemicals are not stored safely. Remind parents to seal all original containers of pool chemicals to keep their children safe when cooling off this summer. And there's more good advice to offer to owners of home pools where children congregate.

Here are some other tips you can give to parents to make pool time safe:

  • Read—and follow instructions on the labels on all pool chemicals

  • Transport pool chemicals safely by separating incompatible chemicals and securing them to prevent them from spilling

  • Store chemicals in their original containers, out of reach of children, and in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area with a locked entry

  • Do not store chemicals outside in the sun

  • Dispose of chemicals safely and securely

  • Last, mix chemicals in a well-ventilated area. Always add chemicals to water—not water to chemicals.