Pool Chemical Safety Video Makes Debut

It is not on the big screen at the local movieplex, but a new instructional video, “Pool Chemical Safety,” may become the summer’s surprise hit – especially for those who handle pool chemicals.

Developed by The Chlorine Institute (CI) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and including health and safety messages from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the video is freely available on YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/user/TheChlorineInstitute ) as well as the CI and ACC websites ( www.chlorineinstitute.org and www.americanchemistry.com ).  The video offers backyard pool owners and public pool operators tips on the safe use and storage of pool chemicals and encourages people to read product labels and follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully for use, handling and storage.

“Every year, there are more than 4,000 visits to U.S. emergency rooms because of preventable accidents caused by the mishandling of pool chemicals so we hope this video serves as a useful safety tool for pool operators and owners,” said Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program ( http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/ ).  “Pool chemicals like chlorinated disinfectants are essential and added to the water to help protect swimmers from germs that can cause ear infections or diarrhea, but all of the good that pool chemicals do can be easily undone if they are misused.”

There are basic safety tips people can follow:  wear protective gear; store chemicals in properly-ventilated areas; do not store liquids – which can leak – directly above dry chemicals; and be sure to prevent accidental mixing of chemicals with each other or with water.  Never mix chlorine products with acid.

The new video can help instruct backyard pool owners and pool staff alike so that everyone responsible for maintaining a healthy pool is fully aware of chemical safety, a step in the right direction for swimmers and pool operators alike.

The video debuts today, and while Hollywood may not be worried about the competition, the buzz around the pool is “this is must-see video.”

Disclaimer: The Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not endorse any particular company, product, activity or enterprise.

For more information, visit The Chlorine Institute and American Chemistry Council on line.  Free pool chemical safety posters are available at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/resources/posters.html