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Pool Chlorine Safety

A recent accident at an Ottawa area public pool highlights the potential dangers of pool chemicals. When you have a pool and work with them daily, you can forget the real hazards they can pose.

What happened was this: the pool at the Calypso Waterpark near Ottawa shut down its filtration system for about 15 minutes for a maintenance issue. However, the chlorine pumps were kept on. While the filtration system was down, chlorine built up and turned into a gas once the system was restarted. Thirteen children were hospitalized when they inhaled the gas.

Of course you don’t deal with the same volume of water, chemicals or maintenance issues as a busy public pool. But, the incident can serve as a reminder of chlorine handling safety.


  • Chlorine is poisonous, flammable and corrosive
  • It’s imperative to store and use it safely


  • Breathing in the fumes
  • Ingesting it in any way
  • Touching with your bare hands
  • Mixing with any other chemicals
  • Mixing different types of chlorine together

Keep these Best Practices in mind:

  • Store chlorine out of reach of children and pets
  • Keep it away from any sources of heat
  • Observe good fire safety habits – keep the area clear of debris, away from combustible materials like propane gas tanks

Chlorine exposure can be very harmful to your health and should be avoided. If you follow the Best Practices named above and keep these points in mind, you should be able to maintain your pool safely. If you are exposed to chlorine by accident, please don’t hesitate to get medical attention – right away.

Chlorine can cause:

  • Eye and skin irritation
  • Breathing problems when inhaled
  • Among many other serious health issues, there is a possible link to some types of cancers

It’s not something to take lightly!

Professional Advice -Weekly Maintenance
At Bremner Pools, our experienced pool installers can offer advice on these or any other maintenance issues – or better yet, a weekly maintenance package that gives you peace of mind knowing your pool is being operated with best practices both for you and the environment – and the City of Toronto’s guidelines.

Contact Bremner Pool & Spa today for swimming pool service, swimming pool repairs, safety tips and maintenance, along with a range of products designed to help keep your family safe, including pool lighting, alarms, covers and more. Free Quotes Available.

About Bremner Pool & Spa:
Established in 1981, Bremner Pool & Spa is one of the premiere swimming pool service companies in Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham Region. We operate 11 state-of-the art vehicles and offer a variety of high quality and eco-friendly products & services including swimming pool repair, openings, partial swimming pool openings, swimming pool closings, weekly pool and spa service, pool leak detection & repair, heaters, liners, pumps and more. As well, Bremner Pool & Spa complies with all City of Toronto By Laws for Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas.

Swimming pool services including openings, renovations, installations and maintenance throughout Toronto and the GTA including Ajax, Durham, East York, Forest Hill, Markham, North York, Oshawa, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Thornhill, Unionville, Vaughan and Whitby, Ontario.