Pool chemicals are not toys and should be handled with caution. If mistreated and that means the amount you also add to your pool in the cause of sanitation, they can do more harm than good. Here’s some points to remember courtesy of Lowes.com.
While pool chemicals are available to solve almost all water problems, they can be dangerous to humans and animals if handled improperly. Chemicals can cause skin and eye damage and can be fatal if swallowed. To keep yourself and your pool safe, follow these pool chemical safety precautions:
- Keep all pool products away from children and animals.
- Wear rubber gloves and goggles, and wash clothes and hands immediately after handling chemicals. If your skin comes in contact with any chemicals, flush immediately with cold water for 15 minutes and call a physician.
- Follow the dosage directions and safety precautions listed on the pool product label.
- Store chemicals according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Never return spilled material to the original container or place in the household garbage.
- Use clean, dry measuring equipment for chemicals. Rinse all measuring equipment after using.
- Don’t mix spa, pool or household chemicals together.
- Add chemicals to water. Don’t add water to chemicals. Adding water to chemicals contaminates the entire container.
- Don’t allow dry chlorine to become damp or wet.
- Keep open flames away from pool chemicals.
- Don’t reuse empty containers. Check with local, state and federal regulations for proper disposal.
- Discard any unused chemicals after closing your pool. Follow local ordinances for disposing of hazardous materials. Buy new chemicals when you reopen the pool.
In summary treat your chemicals with the respect they deserve. Always follow the manufacturers recommendations and keep well away from children and anyone who isn’t qualified or knowledgeable enough to use them.
These chemicals are hazardous and you can even accidentally put your children at of course adults lives at risk but not sticking to the correct dilution which you will find on the container. Remember when it comes to pool chemistry, and especially after you have to take corrective measures (shock, bad weather), it’s best to test, test and test again to make sure your levels are normal.
It will also ensure all your equipment will last longer. You don’t want to have to pay for a new filter or heat exchanger on your heater because you’ve over dosed on chlorine (very corrosive in high doses). If you have an automatic chlorinator just make sure you check it every week in case it puts too much chlorine in your pool.