What is Chlorine?

By: Ali Rynders

Chlorine In the Periodic Table

Chlorine in a solution of water at levels found in swimming pools and are no danger to swimmers.

People are rarely found with chlorine allergies.

Chlorine is produced by the electrolysis of salt water. When electricity is passed through salt (2NaCI) and water (2H2O), the atoms dissociate into chlorine (C12) and Sodium Hydroxide (2NaOH) and Hydrogen (H2).

When Chlorine is added to water, another dissociate happens and we are left with Hypochlorous acid (HOCI) and Hydrochloric acid (HCI).

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Using Care with Chlorine

Use care when you are opening a container of chlorine. If chlorine splashes you in the eye, contact a physician and wash immediately.

If Chlorine touches your skin, you should wash it off to prevent skin irritation. Always wear protective eye and hand gear when handling pure chlorine.

For some people, the Chlorine may cause bad skin irritation. Chloramines are what cause you to make your eyes red while swimming.


Breathing in Chlorine Gas can be very fatal. Extremely high gas levels in water could release enough gas to render breathing difficulties.

Can Chlorine Be Bad For You?

54 kids inhaled chlorine and had a shortness of chlorine and continuous vomiting. They had to be taken to a hospital.

In a hotel Took Place in Ottawa, ON, Canada on a Sunday night.

The Chlorine was bad for the kids. Mostly children were taken to the hospital

Vocabulary

Electrolysis- chemical decomposition produced by passing an electric current through a liquid or solution containing ions.

Dissociate- to disconnect or separate

Chloramines- an organic compound containing a chlorine atom bonded to nitrogen