Pool chemicals are serious business. Follow these tips to make sure you and your family stay safe and healthy while having fun in your pool and spa.
When you’re transporting chemicals:
- Make sure to tighten all the caps or lids.
- Set the bottles or containers in plastic boxes in your vehicle.
- Make your trip to the pool store your last errand. In other words, don’t drive all over town with the chemicals in your car.
When you’re working with them at home:
- Even if you think you know all about your chemicals, read and re-read the directions on the label.
- If your chemicals require a scoop, use the same scoop each time—don’t share scoops among different chemical containers. Note: Never allow our chemicals to mix! None of them are compatible with each other.
- Wear safety glasses and gloves to protect eyes and skin.
- When you’ve added the chemical, return the scoop to the container and seal the lid in order to keep out moisture and child-proof as best as you can.
If you do spill chemicals, clean it up right away with broom or hose. Dispose of the spilled material properly.
When it’s time to store them:
- Make sure your storage area is dry, safe from kids, and ideally not too hot or not too cold.
- You can purchase pool storage bins that are made specifically for chemical storage near the pool—they are a safe bet.
- Choose a storage location out of the reach of children, which is dry, protected and preferably climate controlled.
- If you do store in garage or other building, put chemicals in a bin or box on the floor for safety.
- Carefully label containers with the right name.
- Periodically check expiration dates and make sure to dispose of old chemicals properly.
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