Chlorine, a greenish-yellow poisonous gas, is a member of a group of elements called halogens. The gas has a strong, irritating smell and is two and one-half times as dense as air. Chlorine is primarily used as a water purifying disinfectant but is also found in household bleach, computer hardware, bulletproof vests, synthetic rubber and plastics, and automotive parts.
Although non-flammable, chlorine can be extremely dangerous when concentrated. Inhaling chlorine can cause dizziness
, suffocation, constriction of the chest, tightness in the throat
, and pulmonary edema
. Prolonged inhalation is often fatal. Ingesting chlorine may cause severe throat, respiratory, and abdominal pain. A high fever may also result.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of exposure to chlorine. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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