A recent study by the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sports Med­i­cine found that expo­sure to higher lev­els of chlo­rine can affect lung health.

There are some ways for pool own­ers and users to lessen chlo­rine exposure:

  • Min­i­mize chem­i­cal use: Use just the min­i­mum amount of pool chem­i­cals nec­es­sary for maintenance.
  • Clean the pool often: Keep leaves and twigs out of the pool.
  • Go utravi­o­let: Con­sider an ultra­vi­o­let unit, which cuts down the level of DBPs (Dis­in­fec­tion By Prod­ucts) pro­duced. Look for an upcom­ing blog on this topic.

The study also sug­gested the obvious—reducing the amount of time you spend in the water and sit­ting in a pool­side chaise lounge instead of snooz­ing on a float on the water.

Rinse your eyes and skin when you get out of the pool, even if they’re not irrupted. This can help pre­vent DBPs from being absorbed into your skin and bloodstream.

Impor­tant note: The study also advises that any­one with a com­pro­mised immune sys­tem should reduce time in pool water in order to stay safe with chlorine.

 

Staying safe with chlorine

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