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WASHINGTON (May 16, 2014) -
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) new report on pool chemical accidents:
"We agree with the CDC that pool chemicals are necessary to help prevent germs from spreading among swimmers. Swimming pool disinfectants, for example, help destroy waterborne germs that cause diarrhea, swimmers ear and skin infections.
"We also agree that pool chemical accidents are often preventable and that the safe handling and storage of pool chemicals is essential. That's why ACC and the Chlorine Institute - based on information from CDC - produced a freely available YouTube video. The video, which can be found at
, was developed for commercial pool operators and backyard pool owners alike and provides important tips on how to prevent pool chemical accidents and injuries. The video can also be found on the CDC's
healthy swimming website