Handling + Storing Pool Chemicals
While owning your own pool is considered to be a luxury, it does come with a certain amount of responsibility. One aspect of pool ownership includes maintaining a well-balanced, healthy water chemistry. In order to do so, multiple pool chemicals must be used.
Extra caution and care must be used when handling and storing pool chemicals as exposure could lead to respiratory injuries, eye and skin irritations, combustion hazard and more.
Tips for Handling Pool Chemicals
- Always read and follow the instructions on the container very carefully
- Use personal protection equipment (PPE) which may include gloves, a mask and goggles when handling pool chemicals
- Always add pool chemicals to water; never add water to the pool chemicals
- Use separate, clean measuring cups designated for each chemical
- Handle pool chemicals in well ventilated areas only
- Wash your hands thoroughly after handling any chemical
DO NOT mix different chemicals together
DO NOT use contents of unlabeled containers
Tips for Storing Pool Chemicals
- Store pool chemicals in a cool, dry place that is well-ventilated and away from direct sunlight
- Always store pool chemicals in their original containers with the lids sealed tight
- Only like chemicals should be stored above or below each other (Note: chlorine and acid must never be stored side-by-side)
- Keep out of reach of children and animals
- Follow product label directions for safe disposal
- Never reuse containers
DO NOT store pool chemicals on the floor or above your head
DO NOT store liquids above powders nor stack containers
DO NOT store oxidizers and acid near each other
DO NOT store near gasoline, fertilizers, paints or any flammable materials
DO NOT store near ignition/heat sources such as gas-powered equipment
ALWAYS request material safety data sheets (MSDS) from your pool chemical supplier and keep them nearby in case you have any questions about how to use, handle or store the cleaning agents, or in worst case scenario, an emergency.
When the risk of chemical injury, illness, or damage to equipment is minimized, everyone can focus on the leisure and recreation of owning a pool. More information regarding safe handling practices can be found on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
Using an experienced pool professional well-trained in chemical storage and handling practices will minimize risk and maximize your peace of mind while you enjoy your backyard oasis. If you need help with your swimming pool chemicals or you have issues with your pool equipment, call the professionals at Blue Diamond Pool Services at 407-435-8553 or contact us here. We are happy to help keep your oasis in pristine condition and healthy for all.