Pool Chemical Safety and Storage
When it comes to maintaining your pool, you want it to look its best. To do so, you need to use several pool-approved chemicals. While they may be acceptable for your pool, they can still be dangerous to you and your loved ones’ health and safety. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your pool chemicals are stored properly and safely.
First, you want to place all of your pool chemicals in proper storage containers. Often the buckets or bottles that they come in are adequate. But if they are not, don’t just throw the chlorine tablets, for example, into a random bag and call it a day. You need hard, plastic bins that have lids that seal completely shut. If the chemical is a liquid, you want something that will ensure that it does not spill.
The most important thing is that they seal shut. Non-sealed containers allow for chemicals to react to one another, which can be toxic. For example, chlorine and muriatic acid produce dangerous chlorine gas when mixed.
You should never place your pool chemical storage containers on high shelves, as it increases the chances that they fall down, or even worse, fall on you. They should also not be stored directly on the ground — the best place for them is on mid to lower shelves.
While you may want to store your pool maintenance supplies in your garage, don’t do it! Storing chemicals in places with poor ventilation can cause injuries. Inhaling or ingesting chemicals can be toxic, resulting in difficulty breathing, burning in the nose and throat, and many other symptoms that may be chlorine poisoning. Storing chemicals in enclosed spaces allows the gasses and fumes of the chemicals to build up, creating the perfect environment for disaster. The best place to store the containers is in a place that is well-ventilated, cool, and dry.
You should also never add water to your chemicals unless stated, as it may set off a chemical reaction. Chemicals should always be added to the pool water, never the other way around. Always be sure to label each container with the proper chemical name. If you have young children or pets, keep the area secured and locked.
When handling the chemicals, we recommend using some protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles, or a mask. They are not required but can help protect you from injury. Whether you wear gloves or not, you should always wash your hands afterward. Adding chemicals to the pool should be done by an adult.
Always read the directions when using a new product and make sure you understand the dangers. When measuring chemicals, it’s important to measure them in an open space, preferably with the wind blowing away from you. Be sure to distribute each pool chemical with its own scoop to ensure that the chemicals are not accidentally mixed.
Let the Pool Professionals Help
If you aren’t confident about your pool’s maintenance, especially when it comes to the chemicals, don’t worry. The pool professionals at Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas can keep your pool clean and running smoothly all summer long. Contact us today to learn more!