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Dangerously high chlorine exposure can cause illness or even death. If you or your child have been exposed to dangerous levels of chlorine, you should seek medical attention immediately. Victims of chlorine gas poisoning may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries. Call us today for a FREE consultation regarding your legal options at 844-686-5397. You may also complete our easy to use contact form or click on our “chat now” button to chat with someone immediately.
Causes of chlorine gas poisoning
Because there are many products and uses for chlorine, there are multiple ways that victims are poisoned by chlorine gas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chlorine gas poisoning commonly occurs due to:
- The release of chlorine gas into the air. In such an instance, chlorine exposure to victims’ eyes, skin, or lungs causes the poisoning.
- Liquid chlorine in water that poisoning victims drink or touch.
- The consumption of chlorine-contaminated food by unknowing victims.
Chlorine gas explosion
Chlorine is not flammable, but can become unstable and explosive when mixed with other chemical compounds. Serious injury may occur in an industrial setting such as a chlorine plant fire or explosion, or at a hotel, spa, or health club with an indoor pool.
Chlorine helps prevent bacteria growth in water and for sanitation, but can be deadly when inhaled or ingested. Extremely high levels of chlorine in swimming pools can release gas off the surface, and cause chlorine poisoning, or severe burns to the skin. This usually occurs in an indoor pool, or in places like health clubs and gyms that have a swimming pool or hot tub. If you or a loved one have been exposed to extremely high chlorine levels resulting in chlorine gas poisoning, contact the attorneys at Munley Law today for a FREE evaluation of your chlorine poisoning case.
Chlorine Gas Exposure Symptoms
Chlorine poisoning can cause painful symptoms throughout the body. Respiratory symptoms include difficulty breathing and fluid in the lungs. Digestive system symptoms include burning in the mouth, swelling of the throat, throat pain, stomach pain, vomiting, and blood in the stool. Chlorine exposure may also damage the circulatory system, or cause low blood pressure. Additionally, chlorine can cause serious damage to the eyes, including burning and irritation. In the worst cases, victims of chlorine poisoning may experience temporary vision loss. Excessive chlorine exposure can also damage your skin, potentially resulting in tissue damage, burns, and irritation.
Some common symptoms of chlorine gas poisoning include:
- Skin Irritation
- Eye irritation
- Loss of vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Lung tissue damage
- Chlorine gas exposure may result in a condition called reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS).
Additionally, chlorine exposure produces serious longterm health effects. Because chlorine vapor can also become deadly, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention. Death can occur in a matter of minutes.
What should you do if you suffer a chlorine exposure?
In addition to calling 9-11 right away, the CDC recommends the chlorine exposure victims take the following steps:
- To reduce the amount of exposure, leave the chlorine-exposed area right away. Get to fresh air as soon as possible. If it is an indoor chlorine release, get out of the building.
- Because because chlorine is heavier than air and will sink to low-lying areas, go to the highest ground possible.
- Remove your clothing and any item with chlorine on it. If possible, seal these items in a plastic bag. If necessary, cut off clothing to avoid touching the chlorine.
- Rapidly wash your entire body with soap and water.
- If your eyes are burning or your vision is blurred, rinse your eyes with plain water for 10 to 15 minutes. If you wear contacts, remove them before rinsing your eyes, and place them in the bags with the contaminated clothing. Do not put the contacts back in your eyes. You should dispose of them even if you do not wear disposable contacts. If you wear eyeglasses, wash them with soap and water.
- If you swallow or ingest chlorine, do not induce vomiting or drink fluids.
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