Pool water products are no joke, especially when it comes to the potential hazards that they pose. Extremely potent and able to cause injury or even death within seconds, part of every homeowner’s regular pool maintenance routine must also include the proper handling and storage of dangerous chemicals for their pool and spa.
Handling Pool Water Products and Chemicals
Always Read the Label: Even if the product is one that you’ve been using for years, manufacturers often change the ingredients of their products, which may warrant for some extra caution or changes in use to be made.
Wear Protective Clothing: Pool water products should only be handled when wearing gloves and preferably long sleeves and pants to protect your skin from potential contact. Some may also warrant face masks due to strong odor.
One Cup Per Chemical: Designate one measuring cup for each chemical and never use the same cup for another chemical. Make sure that the measuring cups are also made of plastic or metal and not wood
Add Chemicals to Water: Homeowners should never, ever add water to a chemical unless instructed by the label on the container
Wash Your Hands: Even if you wear gloves, be sure to give your hands a good and thorough scrub after handling pool water products
Storing Pool Water Products and Chemicals
Store in Locked and Ventilated Area: Having a designated area for your chemicals that can be locked is the best way to keep children and pets away from them.
Keep Away From Other Chemicals: Pool chemicals should generally never be stored in the garage where there are other chemicals present which they should not come in contact with, including gasoline, fertilizers and herbicides, grease, paint, turpentine, and other flammable materials
Practice Proper Storage: Never place oxidizers near acids, store liquids below solids or powders, and never place any pool water products above your head.