Pool Chemicals Hurt Thousands

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HARRISONBURG (WHSV) -- The CDC says almost 5,000 people went to the emergency room last year due to pool chemical injuries.

As you send your kids off to the pool, there are a lot of things that you need to remind them about pool safety. In addition to swimming, pool chemicals can also be an issue when it comes to keeping your kids safe.

The CDC says these preventable chemical injuries were in children and teenagers. One in three of the injuries happened in private pools.

Problems come up when pool chemicals aren't stored safely away from kids and pets. Chlorine and bromine are two agents used to kill germs in the water, but they also can hurt you if you don't follow the directions on the package.

One doctor with Sentara RMH says while it may be an issue, she sees a bigger issue in the Valley.

"I am not sure about the danger of pool chemicals. The bigger danger in pools is probably drownings. We see a lot of those in the summer time. The best way you can prevent that is to make sure your children are adequately supervised whenever they're in the pool," explained Dr. Claire Plautz.

Click the links to the right for more pool safety tips and local public pool information.

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