While pool chemicals are necessary to destroy pathogens and maintain a clean swimming environment, mishandled chlorine and other pool chemicals are the cause of thousands of injuries and emergency room visits each year. Learn how to avoid toxic disasters and keep your swimming pool and spa area clean, safe and the refreshing source of fitness and relaxation it's supposed to be.
After reading this list, check out the list of Pool Chemical Safety Do's.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a new study stating chemical pool injuries account for more than 5,000 ER visits each year.
DON'T Increase Chemical Treatments to Compensate for a Dirty PoolRemember: more or extra is not better.
DON'T Mix Chemicals or Chlorine ProductsThat includes acid and other substances.
DON'T Dispose in Trash or SewerAny spilled or unused chemicals should be disposed of according to the instructions on the label.
DON'T Store Liquids Above SolidsBeing above the solids, the liquids could spill on them, creating a toxic mix.
DON'T Allow Chemicals to Come in Contact with Oil, Grease, Acid, Etc.Again, a bad mix. Also don't let chemicals contact organic material.
DON'T Smoke in the Vicinity of Pool ChemicalsThis includes where the chemicals are stored or used. It seems like this would be a no-brainer, but people get pretty casual and self-permissive in their own surroundings and may forget to put out their cigarettes.
DON'T Use Other Cleaning Compounds When Cleaning Up Chemical SpillsYou accidentally sloshed some chlorine on the pool deck. Please don't clean it up with another cleaning solvent. Again, that don't-mix-chemicals rule.