Chemical burns can be serious, and even life-threatening. It is important to be aware of the following everyday items that can cause chemical burns:
Cleaning products, such as bleach or ammonia, can cause severe burns if they come into direct contact with skin.
Car batteries contain sulfuric acid that can cause chemical burns if it leaks or splashes on skin.
Pesticides and herbicides can cause chemical burns if they are not handled properly.
Swimming pool and hot tub chemicals, such as chlorine, can cause chemical burns if they come into direct contact with skin.
If you suspect you or someone you know, has a chemical burn, it is important to rinse that affected area with water immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Call California Poison Control at our 24-hour hotline at (800) 222-1222 where experts in poisonings and hazardous chemicals can help guide you to the correct treatment recommendations.