Pool Chemicals May Lead to Health Hazards for Swimmers When Used Improperly

The wonderful thing about having a pool in Florida, or making use of one, is that you have a respite from the heat which can be overpowering at times, to say the least. At one time or another, most of us really look forward to taking a swim in temperate waters, cooling off, relaxing, and getting some exercise in too. The pool also offers a continual opportunity for the family to get together in the fresh air, spending time connecting, and away from all the electronics that so often consume our lives.

It can be a terrible letdown to jump in, however, and discover that the pool chemicals are ‘off.’ This can go several ways too. You and your family may be enjoying swimming only to notice that your eyes and skin become extremely irritated from an imbalance of chemicals. On exiting the pool, you may notice what almost seems like a film or haze over your eyes, making it difficult to see for a while. This type of chemical conjunctivitis is caused by an excess of chlorine in the pool. And while it is usually temporary and can also be avoided by wearing goggles while you swim, it is important to make sure the correct levels are being mixed for the pool.

Alkalinity and pH levels should be maintained properly for many reasons, but the top priority is to prevent swimmers from becoming ill. Referred to as ‘recreational water illnesses’ by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such problems occur when harmful germs and chemicals take over in the pool. Sickness can also occur when chemicals become overwhelming at indoor pool areas. Swimmers may fall prey to eye, ear, and lung infections, and more, but the most common symptom is diarrhea. When the water is not maintained correctly, germs such as E. coli, cryptosporidium, giardia, and more may be present in the water. Healthy swimmers may have only mild complications from such germs and chemical issues, but the young, old and others with suppressed immune systems could develop worse complications after becoming ill with gastrointestinal problems.

Swimming pools are not the only places you can become ill from germs in the water either. Beware of the jacuzzi, field trips to the water parks that are so popular today, and even the beach, river, or lake.

If you or your child have become ill or injured in a swimming pool due to the negligence of others, please call Heintz & Becker for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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