infographic is swimming pool chlorine safe

Share this Image On Your Site

Please include attribution to Bay Area Pool Demolition with this graphic.

While chlorinating your swimming pool can kill off a wide variety of dangerous germs, chlorine is not a perfect solution.

Occasional exposure to outdoor chlorinated swimming pools is generally safe, but frequent exposure poses its own health risks. People exposed to indoor chlorinated pools, people with pre-existing skin and respiratory conditions, and people who are sensitive to chlorine exposure can experience additional health issues.

Health Problems from Swimming in Chlorine

  • Competitive swimmers & babies who are exposed to chlorinated water may develop asthma
  • Long-term use of chlorinated pools may erode your dental enamel, leading to cavities
  • Body care products and human waste can combine with chlorine in swimming pools to create eye and lung irritants
  • Some people who are sensitive to chlorine may experience a mild burning sensation on their skin
  • Poorly ventilated indoor pools can cause short term breathing difficulty and has even hospitalized Olympic swimmers
  • Chlorinated pools release chloramine gas, which may cause severe lung injury in high concentrations

Alternatives to Chlorine Pools

  • Natural pools rely on a aquatic plants to act as natural filters to keep you water clean and clear.
  • Salt water pools organically produce tiny amounts of chlorine to keep your water clear.
  • Ionized pools use copper and silver ions to brake down bacteria and other contaminants.

Health Problems from Chlorine Gas Exposure

  • Irritated skin
  • Redness, blisters, and burning pain
  • Chest pain and difficulty breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting, and wheezing
  • Burning in nose, throat, and eyes

We Don’t Know All of the Risks

  • Researchers are still learning about the side effects of chlorine exposure
  • Long term exposure to chlorine pools and chlorinated drinking water may be linked to bladder cancer
  • Chlorine exposure from pools may increase a child’s risk of developing allergies