Pool Chemical Safety

Pool Chemical Safety
February 1, 2019 Joy

We know, it’s boring. Pool chemical safety. Still, your Board is responsible for the safety of your members, and chemical safety is one part of a safe pool. So, let’s talk best practices for pool chemicals.

  • Never ever mix pool chemicals together, as it could cause a fire or an explosion
    • Make sure you have separate measuring cups for each chemical
    • Organic chlorinating agents shouldn’t be mixed with inorganic chlorinating agents
    • Hardness increasers shouldn’t be mixed with alkalinity increasers
    • Don’t add a shocking agent to pool water that has a high level of metals or enzyme-based products
  • Only store like chemicals next to one another
    • Don’t store oxidizers alongside acids
    • Use storage cabinets for different types of chemicals
    • If you don’t have storage cabinets, at least store different types of chemicals away from one another
    • Make sure your storage area is cool, well-ventilated, and, most importantly, dry
  • Always add chemicals to the water, not water to the chemicals
  • Don’t add shock directly to the pool
    • Dissolve it in a bucket of water first
    • Don’t add shock during the day; wait until the sun goes down as it can burn off some of the chemicals thus reducing its effectiveness
  • READ THE DIRECTIONS ON EACH BOTTLE OF POOL CHEMICALS YOU BUY

 


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