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Media Release

Householders urged to be safe with potentially dangerous chemicals
Thursday 19 January 2012 – 2:30 PM

FESA and WA Police are concerned that pool owners may be placing themselves in danger by mixing different types of pool chemicals, causing serious injuries.

 
Two recent chemical incidents resulted in people being injured from liquid and dry powder pool chemicals being accidentally mixed together.
 
FESA Hazardous Materials Manager Stuart Palmer said any mixing of chemicals should only be carried out under strict compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions. 
 
“Failure to follow correct instructions can result in toxic chemicals being released, sometimes causing a violent reaction,” Mr Palmer said.
 
“In the last financial year, career and volunteer firefighters responded to over 900 hazardous materials incidents and the community really needs to be aware of the dangers associated with all types of potentially dangerous chemicals and materials,” he said.
 
WA Police Sergeant Garry Tuffin from the East Metro Police District said that fortunately, in the most recent incident in Ballajura, the home owner suffered only minor burns to his hands, arms and face.
 
“We obviously have concerns for householder’s safety, but any subsequent chemical release could also place other residents at risk too, and can result in fire or explosions,” Sergeant Tuffin said.
 
Regarding pool chemicals, if you are unsure about possible adverse reactions, householders are advised to contact their local pool chemical suppliers. In a life threatening emergency call 000.

 

For a fact sheet from the Department of Health regarding safe chemical use for pools and spas click here

Media Contact: FESA Media and Public Affairs on 9225 5955
 

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