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Mom Warns of Chlorine Poisoning After Her Kids Were Rushed to the ER

"You think you're safe in an indoor pool environment that's run by a hotel, but look for the warning signs. Chlorine poisoning is real and it’s serious"
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By Stephanie Grassullo, Contributing Writer
Published June 19, 2019
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A family’s vacation took a scary turn for the worse when it culminated with a trip to the emergency room. Mom of three Kathy Hartman shared the events with NewsChannel5.com, explaining how chlorine poisoning was the hidden threat lurking in the air.

Hartman’s three kids, niece and two nephews were playing by the indoor pool in the Residence Inn in Opryland in Nashville when they all mysteriously started coughing and showing signs of breathing problems. After some time passed and the children were still struggling, she decided to give her pediatrician a call. “He said right away, ‘this is chlorine poisoning, you need to go and take these kids to the emergency room right away,’” Hartman tells NewsChannel5.com.

The extent of poisoning caused by chlorine depends on the amount of chlorine a person is exposed to, how the person was exposed and the length of time of the exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When chlorine gas comes into contact with the eyes, throat and lungs, an acid is produced that can damage these tissues.

Later on, an employee at the Residence Inn claimed the pool room’s dehumidifier was broken, but because the hotel was booked, they decided to say it was safe to swim, according to the report. “That was the wrong call,” the employee regretfully tells Hartman.

Despite the worker’s claims, a manager at the Residence Inn has reportedly denied the allegations, claiming chlorine levels in the area were cleared by a local company and the Nashville Fire Department.

“You think you’re safe in an indoor pool environment that’s run by a hotel, but look for the warning signs,” Hartman warns. “Chlorine poisoning is real and it’s serious”

The CDC says these are the signs to look for during or after exposure to dangerous concentrations of chlorine:

  • Blurred vision
  • Burning pain, redness and blisters on the skin if exposed to gas. Skin injuries similar to frostbite can occur if it is exposed to liquid chlorine
  • Burning sensation in the nose, throat and eyes
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Fluid in the lungs that may be delayed for a few hours
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Watery eyes
  • Wheezing

If you think you or your child may have been exposed, remove your clothing, wash your entire body with soap and water and get medical care as quickly as possible.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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