Pool Chemical Safety Steps

Pool chemicals are necessary to keep your swimming pool sanitary, adjust water balance, and to control bacteria and algae. When pool chemicals are not used properly, they can be hazardous to your health. You should always handle and use pool chemicals with care and refer to product labels for safety and handling information. Here are a few pool chemical safety steps to follow this pool season.

  • Keep all pool chemical containers (bags, pails, jugs, cartons, etc.) in the upright position.
  • If there is a pool chemical spill or accidental contact, follow the emergency procedures on the label. For a medical chemical emergency, contact the poison center nearest you.
  • Never overdose pool chemicals. Always use the recommended dosage for the size of your swimming pool.
  • Store pool chemicals in a cool, ventilated storage area. Make sure your pool chemicals are stored in a locked place where children and animals can’t access them.
  • Never store pool chemicals in your car.
  • Never mix concentrated pool chemicals together.
  • Always add pool chemicals to water; never add water to pool chemicals.
  • Always protect your skin and eyes from contact with pool chemicals.
  • Keep pool chemical containers properly closed when not in use.
  • Dispose of excess pool chemicals and empty containers as instructed on the label.
  • Never dump pool chemicals in sewers, rivers, ponds, lakes or other bodies of water. This can cause harm to nature and wildlife.

Pool chemicals can be used in a safe way to sanitize your pool and keep it clear and healthy, but the proper safety and handling protocol must be followed. Don’t forget to check pool product labels for specific instructions on safety procedures. Keep these pool chemical safety steps in mind as you take care of your swimming pool this summer.


Posted: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 @ 1:31 pm
Categories: How Tos, Pool Chemicals, Pool Safety.
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