VIDEO from Medialink and Siemens: Swimmers Beware

Thursday, January 10, 2008 General News J E 4
NEW YORK, Jan. 9 If you're one of the millions headed forsome exercise at an indoor pool this winter, the experts say there are a fewthings you should keep in mind. If you smell traces of chlorine, or if youreyes begin to burn, you may want to skip that morning swim. That so-called"chlorine smell" often associated with indoor pools is actually the result ofchloramines, a build-up of irritants in the water and air. These irritantscan cause everything from itchy eyes, to wheezing, and even asthma.

The good news? New technology is helping to eliminate these threats.Ultraviolet light not only helps to disinfect water and kill bacteria, it alsohelps to destroy potentially harmful chloramines. Likewise, automatedmonitoring systems from companies like Siemens can keep tabs on ph levels andprovide a demand-based chlorine feed.

Although the CDC has established guidelines for pool staff to follow, it'soften up to the swimmers themselves to remain vigilant. And if somethingdoesn't look, feel, or smell right, the experts suggest you ask questions.

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SOURCE Medialink and Siemens


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