The Metropolitan Emergency Response Network Advises

  • Dichlorobromomethane should be handled as a CARCINOGEN--WITH EXTREME CAUTION.
  • Exposure can irritate the eyes, nose and throat. Higher levels can irritate the lungs and may cause you to become dizzy, light-headed and to pass out. Could cause death.
  • Repeated exposures affects the liver.
  • Contact can irritate the skin.

Is Bromine a Safe Alternative?

Known Bromine Dangers:

  • If spilled on skin it produces painful sores
  • Has strong unpleasant odor
  • Is Toxic
  • Converts to dichlorobromomethane, bromoform and bromate
  • The Metropolitan Emergency Response Network defines dichlorobromomethan as particularly dangerous and harmful (see below)
  • Vapor will attack the eyes and lungs
  • Causes cancer
  • Damages skin
  • Damages the liver
  • Causes depression and brain damage
  • Damages the nervous system and muscles
  • Bromine vapors are known to reduce male sperm count, causes malformed sperm resulting in birth defects and causes male infertility
  • Maximum safety precautions should be used when handling it

 

 

 

 

 

The Dangers of Chlorine

The two most common pool and spa chemicals are chlorine and bromine. These are two exorbitantly deadly toxins.

Known Chlorine Dangers:

  • Chlorine combines with natural organic matter decaying vegetation to form potent cancer causing trihalomethanes (THM's)
  • The level of chlorine in swimming pools is over 1,000% the level deemed minimally safe by the EPA in water Causes atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attack
  • Causes skin to prematurely age
  • Damages the human eye
  • Causes bladder, breast, testicular, bladder, colon, or rectal and bowel cancer as well as malignant melanoma
  • Damages lung tissue
  • Causes acne, psoriasis, seborrhea and eczema
  • Converts to dioxins - the most dangers of cancer causing chemicals and which build up permanently within a person's body
  • Causes infertility and birth defects
  • Damages the nervous system permanently

"Chlorine is so dangerous" according to PhD biologist/chemist Dr. Herbert Schwartz,"that it should be banned". Putting chlorine in water is like starting a time bomb. Cancer, heart trouble, premature senility, both mental and physical are conditions attributable to chlorine treated water supplies. It is making us grow old before our time by producing symptoms of aging such as hardening of the arteries."

Dr. Stephen Askin wrote: "The real issue is not just how toxic chlorine itself is but how the unintended by-products of chlorine (organochlorines and dioxins) remain in the environment. They are persistent in the environment; they do not break down readily and therefore bio-accumulate. This can create a very serious health problem; the dioxins and other toxic chemicals accumulate in the fatty tissues. These contaminants are also hormone disrupters because they mimic estrogen.

The EPA has observed and documented hormonal imbalance, suppressed immune systems, reproductive infertility and alterations in fetal development of animals. In viewing the big picture, these factors are perhaps the most frightening results from the widespread use of chlorine."

How to Maintain your Spa

Operate the air blower a few times a week, to avoid stagnant water in the pipes as this can be a source of stagnant water smell.

Each week remove two buckets of water from the spa to avoid the build up of minerals and chemical residue. Do this regardless of water evaporation.

Allow the spa to breathe by leaving the cover off the spa 5 mins before using the spa. This will allow burn off gas to escape otherwise the gas can condense and go back into the water which will cause cloudiness and odour.

  • If after heavy use spa is cloudy dose 1 measure cup of Enviro Booster powder.
  • After filtering, remove and clean thoroughly.
  • Remember to clean the cartridge often as this is the "kitchen tidy” of your spa.

To Clean Up a Spa?

If the spa is dirty or smelly after the above routine, check it may be time to change the water, or give the spa a good clean up as follows: Remove the filter element and hose thoroughly can be soaked in Enviro Filter Cleaner ensure it is hosed thoroughly before replacing.

  • Shock dose the spa with 1 ½ cups of Enviro Booster powder.
  • Note: After adding the Booster shock, the water may turn dirty and foamy. the water may turn dirty and foamy. This is normal and the water will clear after filtering for 1-2hrs.
  • Remove and thoroughly clean filter again.
  • The water should end up clear and clean with no odour detectable.
  • Test pH level should be 7.6 – 7.8
  • If below the above level then add 30grms (1 measure cup) Enviro pH Raiser run filter.
  • Dose Spa with your required dose of Water Sanitiser, Enviro Clarifier and Enviro Booster Powder.

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