Dangerous chemical leak at Houston-area Splashtown Sends Dozens to Hospitals
July 19, 2021: Spring, Texas–A chemical leak at a Houston-area water park left dozens suffering from minor skin irritation and respiratory issues Saturday, authorities said.
Emergency personnel vehicles responded to the scene where people are being treated after chemical leak at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Spring, Texas just north of Houston.
Twenty-nine people were taken to local hospitals following the incident at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office tweeted. Thirty-nine others declined to be taken to a hospital after undergoing decontamination procedures.
“Waterpark staff need to ensure that their facility is safe at all times. Patrons who pay a fee should be able to expect a safe experience with their family at all times,” said Attorney Jesse Guerra, National Water Safety Expert. Pool operators need to have a certified pool operator on staff. Additionally, they need to train their staff on basic water safety,” said Attorney Jesse Guerra, National Water Safety Expert.
“It is absolutely necessary that parents safeguard their children this summer by making certain that pool operators have fully trained their pool staffs and that they adhere to all of the safety rules which include clear pools, lifesaving equipment on hand, and a poolside phone for instantly calling 911 in case of emergency,” said Attorney Guerra.
Some of the affected were children, including a 3-year-old who was hospitalized in stable condition. The chemicals involved included hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid, officials said.
“The safety of our guests and team member is always our highest priority and the park was immediately cleared as we try to determine a cause,” Hurricane Harbor Splashtown spokesperson Rosie Shepard said in a statement, according to news outlets. “Out of an abundance of caution, the park has been closed for the day.”
Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, which they said was contained to one attraction at the park. “Grateful for the swift action from first responders today at Splashtown,” Harris County Judge, Lina Hidalgo, tweeted. “We’ve issued a closure order to investigate and ensure the park meets all requirements before reopening again.”
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