How to keep up with swimming pool chemicals

Summertime is around the corner and the temperatures are heating up, but before jumping in a swimming pool, make sure that refreshing dip won't make you sick.

To learn more about chlorine exposure and how you can avoid it WPDE NewsChannel 15 went to the experts.

Tony Cooper, CEO of Cooper Pools said Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium and Acid are chemicals that go into swimming pools

But be careful to not add to much because it can be dangerous.

"It can burn your skin, burn your eyes, it can damage your clothes, your hair," said Cooper.

Pool professionals can teach you at home how to check chemicals in your pool. Cooper says monitor chemicals at least twice a week; each time will take about five minutes.

"Make sure your chemicals are stored in a spot where if something happens they're not going to get into the water, make sure your pump is running properly; sand in your filter needs to be changed every three to five years," said Cooper.

Michael Noreck, Hazmat coordinator for Horry County Fire Rescue says if you're exposed to any chemicals, wash it off right away.

"Wash, flush, flush, flush, and call emergency services just to get checked out and make sure it's not beyond what you might think it is," said Noreck.

In addition to respiratory problems and skin irritation, burning eyes and smelling a strong scent of chlorine on your skin after leaving the pool are all signs of too much exposure to chlorine.

Cooper says when balancing out the chemicals in your pool, be patient, it can take up to four days.