Here’s another tip for Water Safety Month.

A new study reveals that pool chemical-related injuries resulted in nearly 5,000 emer­gency room vis­its in 2012. In the research con­ducted by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC), about half of these involved chil­dren and teens and a third of the inci­dents took place on week­ends at pri­vate residences.

Use caution with your pool chemicals.

Use cau­tion with your pool chemicals.

In other words, these injuries were very avoidable.

A CDC Healthy Swim­ming Pro­gram spokes­woman put it, “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.”

Here at Pacific North­west Pools, we can’t tell you too much how crit­i­cal it is for pool own­ers to focus on safety. We’re kind of obsessed with it. Here are some tips to be even more care­ful with your pool chemicals.

  • Make sure you know exactly how to use and han­dle your pool chem­i­cals. Some­times it’s easy to for­get over the win­ter. Feel free to call us if you need a refresher lesson.
  • Keep chem­i­cals in a dry, cool, safe place, well out of reach of kids and pets.
  • Wear gog­gles and gloves (as directed) when han­dling pool chemicals.

As always, call us with any questions.

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