Tips for Keeping Pool Chemicals Safe and Sound
When it comes to swimming pools, everyone usually thinks of all the fun of relaxing at your convenience or maybe even having friends over for a party. But the reality is that owning a pool also comes with certain responsibilities for pool safety, including keeping children closely supervised as well as keeping pool chemicals safely put away.
There are significant safety implications when owning a swimming pool and all the chemicals associated with pool water. The chemicals used to maintain healthy water in your swimming pool need to be fully safeguarded away from pets and children in a secure environment.
This issue is s important, that the National Swimming Pool Foundation (nspf.org) has created a detailed guide which contains essential tips for keeping pool chemicals safe and sound year-round. You can visit their website to download the full PDF version of the guide, but below is a summary of the key points:
NSPF Recommendations for Pool Chemical Safety Includes:
Store Them In A Cool, Dry Area – Whenever you are storing swimming pool chemicals, it is essential to keep them in a cool and dry area. It is also important that the chemicals are never mixed together, or have the ability to be mixed should the containers become damaged while in storage. Due to the strong chemical content, it is essential that the storage facility has continuous ventilation.
Safety First – As with all harmful chemicals, it is essential to keep your swimming pool products completely out of the reach of children and pets. To keep them safe and secure, it is highly recommended that all chemicals remain far away from flammable materials, and the swimming pool heater.
Separate the Containers – Due to their potential volatility, it is important to never stack pool chemicals on top of each other. Additionally, keep the containers off the floor to avoid becoming damaged or brittle over time.
Secure the Lids – It is important that after every use, each lid is tightened on the container and that only the original lid is ever used for each bottle, jar or box. This will ensure that your chemicals remain safe and secure so they will be ready the next time you need to use them.
Important Information – If you ever have any doubt on exactly what should be done to protect your swimming pool chemicals, refer to the chemical containers to gather more information.
When swimming pool chemicals are mishandled, they can cause chemical burns and health hazards if they are ever inhaled. Only through proper safety precautions can you avoid the risks of chemical hazards. Proper care should always be taken when storing the chemicals to eliminate any spills on the ground or pool deck. The above basic tips can assure you that you will minimize the potential of accidents that could occur with swimming pool chemicals.
If you have any questions about your swimming pool chemicals, including suggestions for how to store them or manage your pool water chemistry, please contact our pool maintenance manager to have your questions answered.