We’ve all seen and chuckled over that sign that is so ubiquitous in the summertime: “I don’t swim in your toilet; please don’t pee in my pool.” Well, as it turns out there’s real science behind that axiom; peeing in the pool is not only icky it’s also chemically dangerous. While chlorine is killing off the bacteria, there are still some other harmful byproducts formed by the combination of chlorine and pee — such as trichloramine, which can affect the respiratory system and lead to irritation of the skin and eyes, as well as cyanogen chloride, which has been used in the past as a chemical-warfare agent.
In this video the vivacious Laci Green tells you all about it in her inimitably cheerful way.
As if people peeing in pools weren’t gross enough already…
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