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9 children treated for chlorine exposure

GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) - Nine children were taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon after swimming at Oceanside Village in Garden City, according to officials.

Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire officials said a chemical pumping system on the pool malfunctioned, sending too much chlorine into the water. 

The kids, ages four to 12, experienced upper airway irritation and irritation to the eyes and nose.

The pool was roped off so the property management can fix the issue. As of Thursday, the pool remained close. The property managers said DHEC took samples and the resort will wait until those results come back before opening up the facility.

DHEC tells WMBF News that it will not grant the property permission to reopen the pool until the facility complies with public swimming pool regulations.

That includes a 65 page document detailing every step a property must take before having a public swimming pool; from water supply to chemical storage, along with water treatment and the pump and motor.

That pump is what officials believe was the problem, and healthcare professionals with Doctors Care said symptoms of too much chlorine exposure includes shortness of breath, rapid pulse rates, or blue limbs.

Those are all signs that you need to go to the hospital, but there are also signs to look out for before getting into the pool in the first place.

“If you can smell the chlorine coming off the water, that’s not a good sign,” explained Elizabeth Carter with C & C Pools in Conway.

Carter added that you shouldn’t be able to smell the chemical, and you shouldn’t be able to taste it, either.

“If you’re swimming in your pool and it tastes like a battery, like acidic, than the PH is too low in it,” said Carter.

Other signs of off-balanced chemicals include blonde hair turning a greenish color, rashes on your skin, and how dry the water makes your skin feel.

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