5 children hospitalized after California YMCA hazmat incident

California hazmat

HMN-Cal-Fire responded to a Palm Desert YMCA facility where cleaning materials attributed to the hospitalization of 5 children. (Desert Sun)

Five children were taken to a hospital after an incident involving hazardous cleaning materials at a Palm Desert YMCA facility.

The incident was reported about 12:30 p.m. at the facility on Orange Blossom Lane, according to Cal Fire. The site is just east of the intersection of Cook Street and Fred Waring Drive.

Cal Fire identified the substance as Eco Temp Ultra Klene, a janitorial strength cleaner containing sodium hydroxide, or lye. Sodium hydroxide can cause burns when it comes into contact with skin.

Paramedics took the children to a hospital for unspecified minor injuries. It wasn’t immediately clear how the children came into contact with the cleaner.

Riverside County Environmental Health officials and the Riverside County Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

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