Reaching the perfect balance between your chemicals to
achieve that perfect, crystal clear water can be hard to achieve if you aren’t
handling and storing your pool chemicals properly. Pools can quickly become
hazardous if your pool chemicals aren’t used as they should be, so learning how
to handle and store them is important.
Whether you’re a new pool owner or not, these tips to
storing and handling your chemicals will ensure you’re staying safe while
taking care of your pool.
Your chemicals should always be stored in the containers
that they came in. By moving the chemicals to another container, you could
cause another chemical reaction and put your pool, and yourself, in danger.
You’ll also want to store your chemicals in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place.
Be careful about storing your chemicals in the garage. In the summer, with the
hot and humid temperatures, chemicals can give off an intense odor or scent and
become dangerous to you.
You should not store all your pool chemicals together in one
place. It’s important you separate liquids and solids and keep the chlorine
stored away from acids, while also keeping different types of chlorine separate
from each other. Of course, keeping all your pool chemicals away from anything
flammable. You should not store any of your chemicals directly on the floor, so
they don’t become wet, which could cause a chemical reaction to occur.
Handling your pool chemicals properly and safely is
important for you and your pool. First, it is important to read all your
chemicals labels and directions about handling before you use them. When
handling your chemicals, be sure to handle them in a well-ventilated area, not
around anything flammable, or around any children or pets.
When opening containers, use caution to avoid spilling them.
You should only open one container at a time and close it before opening
another, to avoid contamination or a reaction from occurring. You should never
mix any pool chemicals with each other or anything else. Carbonated beverages
are acidic enough to react with chlorine, keep food and drinks away!
It is also important that you dedicate specific equipment to
only one chemical. It helps to label the equipment and make sure it is dry
before use. If you do accidentally spill a chemical, clean it up immediately
and never put them back in the original container.
Pool chemical associated accidents are the cause of many
emergency visits in the US each year, but most of these injuries could easily
be prevented. It’s important to know how to handle these chemicals and what to
do if a spill or accident does happen, for your safety.
At Juliano’s Pools, our team of pool professionals are
trained in safe chemical storing and handling. Our staff would be happy to
answer any of your questions about chemical safety. Click
here to learn more about our Pool Maintenance programs.