Swimming pool chemicals cause thousands of injuries and illnesses each year, but such accidents can largely be prevented, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pool chemicals are estimated to have caused more than 28,000 cases of injury and illness between 2002 and 2008, according to a CDC report. Those estimates are based on data from nationally representative samples.
Most pool chemical accidents occurred at private homes, according to U.S. News and World Report. The CDC study also revealed the most common types of pool chemical injuries, and suggested ways to prevent them.
The three most common swimming pool chemical injuries were respiratory problems, eye injuries, and skin injuries, according to the CDC.
Most pool-chemical accident injuries were not severe: Fewer than 5% of cases required extended hospital treatment. About 40% of cases were work-related.
Factors most frequently associated with pool chemical accidents and injuries included:
Anyone who handles swimming pool chemicals should also wear protective clothing and have a plan in place in the event of an accident, the CDC recommends. Read more safety tips at the CDC's website.