NJPIES receives many calls each year involving exposure to chlorine, either in the form of household bleach or pool chemicals. In high concentrations or enclosed spaces, chlorine gas can cause eye irritation, breathing problems and lung injury.

Chlorine bleach should always be used in a well-ventilated area if used indoors.  When using powdered chlorine to treat a swimming pool, avoid shaking the container to minimize dust, fumes and splashes; open containers only in well-ventilated areas and preferably outdoors.  Never mix chlorine with ammonia, an acid, or other cleaning solutions. Doing so produces toxic gases which can have life-threatening effects.

If you have questions about using, storing, or disposing of chlorine or any other chemical; or if an accidental exposure has occurred, give us a call. A mistake could be costly to your health. Remember, help is just a phone call away. 1-800-222-1222