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Chemistry 101 – Safety First!

  • April 13, 2015
  • 3 Minute Read

If you’re a pool owner, then you’re probably very well versed in the area of “pool maintenance”. However, one thing that people often get a little lax about is the maintaining of all the chemicals (and equipment) that are associated with pool maintenance. Safety is vitally important when it comes to the handling and storage of pool chemicals – as is common sense. So, take a few minutes to read through the following bullet points to make sure that you’re doing everything necessary to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy a safe and secure pool season!

It’s important to note that pool and hot tub chemicals can cause severe burns if handled incorrectly, and can cause respiratory damage if inhaled. This is just one of the many reasons that proper safety procedures should be followed at all times!

Pool chemicals are designed to be dissolved in LARGE quantities of water. This means that, if you attempt to mix the chemicals with a small amount of water (or opt to mix them in an improper fashion), injury can result. Be it from chemical burns to the skin or respiratory system or damage to your property (or that of your neighbors) in the form of a chemical fire, the consequences can be deadly.

Extra care should be taken when storing pool chemicals so as to avoid spills onto the ground or pool deck. Some of these products carry stiff environmental consequences – meaning you absolutely DO NOT want to contaminate soil or ground water via a spill or careless handling.

Just like pretty much everything else in this world, pool chemicals come with expiration dates, meaning that they will begin to break down after a certain amount of time, no matter how careful you are with their storage.

Always, always, ALWAYS read (and follow!) all packaging information.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with all applicable emergency processes and procedures so that, should a spill occur, you’re able to act swiftly.

In regards to that last note, here are a few pointers on what to do in case of (a chemical) emergency:

If any chemicals come in contact with your skin, thoroughly flush/rinse the area with water and seek medical attention immediately.

If any chemical splashes into your eyes (or makes its way into your eye(s) by any other means) flush IMMEDIATELY with water, and continue to do so for 15 minutes. Then make sure to seek medical attention (again, immediately).

When it comes to the accidental inhalation of chemicals, a variety of symptoms, such as: a burning sensation in your nose and/or throat, feeling lightheaded or dizzy, being nauseated and/or vomiting, and/or having difficulty breathing during OR after the handling of chemicals, remove yourself from the area and get into fresh air IMMEDIATELY and IMMEDIATELY seek medical attention.

If any of the pool/spa chemicals happen to be swallowed, call Poison Control (1-800-222-1222) without delay. DO NOT induce vomiting unless specifically instructed.

Should a fire happen to occur, never use a “dry chemical” fire extinguisher; instead, use large quantities of water. And, if the flames aren’t able to be extinguished, leave the area and call 911.

In the event of a chemical spill, immediately clean it up ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER’S DIRECTIONS. If a violent reaction occurs, call 9-1-1 for further instructions and assistance.

As you can see, there are LOTS of considerations to keep in mind when it comes the chemical side of pool maintenance. Rest assured that our certified pool experts here at Bonsall Pool and Spa are highly trained to handle ALL of your pool and spa service needs. We know how to get the job done right the first time…after all, we’ve been Lincoln’s pool experts since 1951!