Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation

6.3 Water Play Areas (Pools, Etc.)

6.3.4 Water Quality of Pools

6.3.4.2: Chlorine Pucks


“Chlorine Pucks” must not be placed in skimmer baskets or placed anywhere in pools when children are present. If pucks are used, they must be dissolved before children enter the pool.
RATIONALE
Although this practice can keep chlorine disinfectant levels high, it can be dangerous because the “puck” is a concentrated form of chlorine and is very caustic. Curious children may take out a puck and handle it, causing serious skin irritations or burns (1). Contact with eyes can cause serious injury. Lung damage can occur if children inhale vapors, or children could ingest the poison.
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
REFERENCES
  1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2010. Swimming pool chemicals, chlorine. http://www.epa.gov/kidshometour/products/cjug.htm.