Accidents at swimming pools are common and include injuries as a result of poorly maintained equipment, slips, trips and falls and excessive chlorine levels in the water.
Chlorine is necessary in swimming pools as it sanitises and oxidises the pool, as well as deterring algae. It is usually safe, but excessive chlorine levels can cause injuries.
What can excessive chlorine do?
Too much chlorine in a swimming pool can result in red and itchy eyes. If the chemical level is too high then this can also cause a burning sensation in the eye, excessive eye watering and, in some cases, swollen eyes and blurred vision. Allergic reactions can also be caused by chlorine in swimming pools.
In indoor pools, where toxic gas is more likely to build up, excessive chlorine can cause skin irritations.
To prevent eye and skin injuries:
- Shower with soap immediately after swimming in a chlorinated pool to prevent skin irritation from the chlorine
- Wear goggles or a mask to protect your eyes from the chlorine
- Only swim in chlorinated pools occasionally
- Be wary of pools that have a very strong smell of chlorine. This may mean that the water has excessive chlorine levels.
If you have been exposed to a pool where there are excessive levels of chlorine, then you could claim personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm, dedicated to helping people get the compensation they deserve after suffering from injuries, such as eye or skin irritations, from too much chlorine. Over the years, we have worked with our extensive legal team to gain personal injury compensation for thousands of claimants after work-related injuries.
30 seconds to claim after your accident at work
If you have had a work accident, or have been injured in a public place, in the past three years, that was not your fault, then call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our staff members can guide you through your claim, and our helpline is available every day of the week.
Alternatively, fill in our online compensation calculator. In 30 seconds, you could find out if you are eligible for a claim. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown