ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a new study, nearly 5,000 people visit an emergency room annually as a result of injuries from pool chemicals.

Almost half of these injuries were in either young children or teenagers; with more than 33 percent occurring at a home.

“Chemicals are added to the water in pools to stop germs from spreading, Michele Hlavsa, chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program said in a press release. “But they need to be handled and stored safely to avoid serious injuries.”

The researchers found that these injuries were most common in the summer and almost half happened on weekends.

Researchers analyzed data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

The NEISS records information on injures related to consumer products. They retrieve this information from about 100 hospital emergency rooms across the country.


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