Pool Chemicals

April 24, 2013

Safe storage and handling tips


By Dave Huxtable

Chemicals are very important to the health of your swimming pool—and your family. Storing and handling these substances properly will ensure both your safety and the desired results for your swimming pool water.

Remember, while what follows will serve as an outline of proper storage and handling procedures for swimming pool chemicals, always be sure to follow the directions on the label of any product you are using and heed the instructions of a professional swimming pool dealer if you have any questions or concerns.

Types of pool chemicals

Swimming pool chemicals can be divided into three groups:

Each of these three groups includes products that present different levels of risk related to storage and handling. As a consumer, you might find it difficult to remember which chemicals require special handling. It is therefore important not to differentiate each product but to treat all swimming pool chemicals with the same high level of respect.

Pool chemical storage tips

The following directions and procedures can and should be used when storing all swimming pool chemicals.

  1. Store chemicals in a cool, dry, ventilated area.
  2. Store chemicals out of reach of children and pets.
  3. Replace and tighten all lids and caps on chemicals after use.
  4. Replace any damaged containers with new containers from your swimming pool professional. Only use containers specifically designed for each particular chemical; never store pool chemicals in an empty pail that previously held a different product.
  5. Store containers carefully, in a way that minimizes the chances they will fall over or spill (e.g. store on a solid flat surface, as opposed to rickety shelving).
  6. Always store any liquid products below powder products.
  7. Do not store swimming pool chemicals in direct contact with—or even in close proximity to—any other potentially volatile products such as gasoline, oil, fertilizer or pesticides.
  8. When a container is empty, rinse it out thoroughly in the swimming pool and recycle it at an appropriate facility. Do not reuse containers. (The only exceptions to this are Department of Transport (DOT) approved refillable liquid chlorine containers.) Dispose of containers according to manufacturer guidelines.

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Again, in the interest of safety, these rules should be applied to any and all varieties of swimming pool chemicals.

  1. Never mix any two chemicals together. However, you can add different chemicals to the swimming pool at different times, because the volume of the water will neutralize any chemical reaction.
  2. Always add chemicals to water, never water to chemicals.
  3. Always premix chemicals in a pail of water, then distribute the mixture around the swimming pool. This will eliminate any powder-based products from blowing around your backyard.
  4. When adding chemicals to the swimming pool, be sure to follow all safety precautions on product labels, including wearing all prescribed safety clothing and gear.
  5. When refilling a chlorinator or brominator, be sure the system is shut off and the area is well ventilated.
  6. When transporting pool chemicals, always secure the products so they will not tip over. While the chemicals should be in DOT-approved containers, which are designed not to spill, it is always wise to be safe, rather than sorry.
  7. During transport, chemicals should be secured and transported in the trunk of your car or secured in the back of your mini-van or SUV. Also, do not leave any swimming pool chemicals in your vehicle for an extended period of time, as condensation can form on a hot day.

Be careful—and have fun!

Swimming pool chemicals are designed to make our water healthy and safe. If you use these simple rules as your guide, you will get optimum performance from these products. By treating these chemicals with respect and following directions carefully, you will enjoy your swimming pool for years to come.

Dave Huxtable is president of Mursatt Chemicals Ltd[3]., in Woodbridge, Ont. He has worked in the swimming pool and spa industry for 31 years and is the past president of the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada.[4]

  1. [Image]: http://poolsspaspatios.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/dreamstime_xs_15952445-2.jpg
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  3. Mursatt Chemicals Ltd: http://www.mursattchemicals.com/
  4. Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada.: http://www.poolcouncil.ca/

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