There was a chemical exposure incident at Club Westside in Houston, Texas on July 24, 2021. According to reports, around 5:00 pm chlorine spilled into the lazy river at the facility. Seven children and three adults were taken to a hospital via ambulance following suspected chlorine ingestion. Others are believed to have gone via private vehicle. It is unknown how many people sustained injuries as a result of the exposure.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to chlorine can result in significant symptoms:
During or immediately after exposure to high concentrations of chlorine, the following signs and symptoms may develop:
- Blurred vision
- Burning sensation in the nose, throat, lungs, and eyes
- Coughing up white to pink-tinged fluid that may be delayed by a few hours
- Chest tightness
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (These may appear immediately if high concentrations are inhaled or they may be delayed if low concentrations are inhaled.)
- Eye tearing
- Frostbite if exposed to liquified chlorine
- Rapid and shallow breathing
- Respiratory failure
- Skin pain, redness, blisters
Whether a club operates a pool or lazy river, it must take precautions to ensure the safety of everyone who visits. Maintenance and repair work must be done, and water attractions should be regularly and thoroughly inspected. Hazards must be carefully evaluated to minimize the dangers to members of the public, and eliminate them before incidents like this one occur.
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