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Upon installation of a pool in your home, it’s extremely important to understand how to use, operate and maintain the pool. This can be done by asking the service installers and repairmen questions, performing research online and even seeking advice from fellow pool owners.
It is a well-known fact that chemicals are added to pool water and one of the most dangerous elements of maintaining a pool is the chemicals that are involved. The most-used pool chemical is chlorine, an element that helps attacking bacteria and keeping the swimmers safe. Indeed, there are a variety of chemicals that have to be mixed and added, which should always be done by an expert.
Adding chemicals to the pool is done for several reasons, including the need to kill disease causing germs, to improve the quality of the pool water, to maximize the efficacy of the disinfection process, to stop the corrosion and scaling of equipment and to protect against algae growth. While these pool chemicals offer many benefits, if you handle these chemicals, it is important to safeguard yourself against them as they have the potential to cause injury if mixed together or if used without the proper protective equipment.
According to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 5,200 emergency room visits are made each year are due to pool chemical injuries. The CDC believes that these injuries are preventable.
In order to avoid chemical injuries, here are 18 tips that can be followed:
1. Before you use pool chemicals, make sure you are properly trained in water chemical safety.
2. Be aware of the pool’s emergency chemical spill response plan and evacuation measures.
3. Always handle chemicals in a well-ventilated area
4. Always secure the chemicals. They should be stored in a cool and dry location and should be kept away from any heat, direct light, door, windows, flammable materials and water.
5. Always make sure you have read the product names and manufacturer’s direction with respect to the handling and use of the chemical
6. Always use protective gear such as safety gloves and safety glasses
7. Never mix chlorine products with acid, with any other substance or with each other.
8. In case of a spill, clean up immediately. If not sure about the appropriate measures, consult your local fire department.
9. Always dispose of unwanted, deteriorating or unlabeled chemicals carefully and safety.
10. Make sure you use the right pool chemical levels. Always test the pool water and adjust accordingly.
11. It is important to remember that pool chemicals are added to water and not the other way around.
12. Always use clean and dry tools when handling chemicals.
13. Always use pool chemicals that are properly labeled and are in their original containers.
14. Make sure you wash your hands after working with chemicals.
15. Children and animals should always be kept away from chemicals.
16. Never smoke when handling pool chemicals.
17. Never mix old and fresh chemicals together, even if they are the same type.
18. Never store or consume food and/or beverages near locations that handle pool chemicals.