How Dangerous is the Chlorine in a Swimming Pool?
We seek many ways to escape the heat of the season. Many stay inside where the air conditioner cools the rooms of our homes. Some embrace the heat and sit in the sun for hours, creating the perfect tan. Others take their family and head to the local swimming pool where the children can frolic in the cool water. But be careful — you may not know it, but the swimming pool can be dangerous to your and your children’s health.
Chlorine poisoning is not a something we tend to think about often. But did you know that swimming in a pool treated with chlorine, your risk for respiratory problems such as asthma and cancer increase? According to a 2010 study, swimming in a chlorinated pool causes a rise in blood markets that have been associated with cancer. In the same study, scientists found that more than 100 chemical byproducts were found in a chlorinated swimming pool in Barcelona, and many of these byproducts were toxic.
What exactly does chlorine poisoning do to your body? Well, with just enough chlorine exposure, you can experience respiratory problems such as difficulty breathing or fluid in the lungs; digestive issues such as stomach pain and vomiting; burning and irritation on skin that could result in chemical burns.
There are ways to protect yourself before going doing cannonball into the pool. Here’s a few things you can do to minimize your risk of chlorine exposure:
- If you want to dive under the water, consider wearing a mask and snorkel to protect your eyes and prevent from accidently swallowing the water.
- After swimming, take a few deep breaths of fresh air to get the chlorine gas out of your system.
- And once you’re done swimming for the day, take a shower to wash the chlorine off your skin.
If you or a family member have been a victim of chlorine exposure at a local swimming pool, we can help. For more than 26 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been helping chlorine exposure victims get the justice that they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.