Swimming Pool Chemical Hazards

Any parent with kids is concerned about dangerous chemicals in the home. When you have a pool, you are essentially adding 4 to 10 additional chemicals into the household. Several simple rules will go far toward protecting your family -- and you! Minimize the different types of chemicals you store. Our tips about buying 'generically' will help avoid duplication. And, don't buy more than you will consume in a season. Some of the more hazardous pool chemicals don't 'keep' well. Keep wet hands and dirty scoops out of your chemicals. Contamination is often a cause of … [Read more...]

Swimmers hospitalized after being overcome by chemical fumes

It was a 90-degree afternoon, and the Garfield Park pool was packed. David Yates, 13, had just zipped down a slide and splashed into the water when he noticed a bad taste in his mouth — like bleach. At the same time — across a pool that features shallow wading areas, two large water slides and a children’s playhouse — others were making the same discovery. Mayhem ensued. Jamie Rahmany, in the baby pool with her son, noticed kids coughing around her. Patricia Tanner, a mother of three sitting just out of the pool, saw children vomiting. And Shari Patton, a mother with … [Read more...]