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Chemical Safety

CHEMICAL SAFETY

Handling swimming pool chemicals is safe and easy when they are used and stored properly. Problems occur when careless mistakes are made. By following some easy safety rules, accidents can be prevented. In addition to the recommendations listed below be certain to read and follow the directions on the bottle label.

1. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS: MIX CHEMICALS ONLY AS INSTRUCTED.
2. NEVER add water to chemicals—add chemicals to water slowly.
3. ALWAYS use the exact dosage specified on the label by the manufacturer.
4. PROTECT eyes with glasses or a mask when handling chemicals.
5. ALWAYS open product containers in a well-ventilated area.
6. NEVER mix different chemicals together. This can produce a chemical reaction that can lead to a fire, toxic fumes or explosion.
7. ALWAYS use a clean dipper, free of oil, grease, or insecticides. Even a small amount of residue can combine with the chemicals and produce a danger.
8. ALWAYS keep chemicals in their original containers, tightly sealed.
9. STORE your chemicals in a clean, dry, well-ventilated area away from household items such as fertilizer, gasoline, oil, or other cleaning solutions.
10. NEVER store any liquid products directly over or directly next to dry pool products (trichlor, granular chlorinators, shock products).
11. KEEP liquid acid (muriatic) away from each other and away from all shock products and chlorine-based products.
12. SEPARATE your pool care products with an empty space (at least 3 feet) as a buffer zone between products.
13. CAREFULLY read the active ingredient section on the front of the product label to determine what acids, balance chemicals, or oxidizers it contains.
14. ALWAYS clean up spills immediately with a clean broom or dust pan. Dispose of spilled materials in clean container. DO NOT PUT SPILLED CHEMICALS BACK IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINER. The chemical may have been contaminated.
15. REMEMBER to rinse plastic dispensing containers with water after use.
16. KEEP chemicals away from electrical equipment and open flames.
17. NEVER FLUSH excessive amounts of chemicals down storm sewers. In case of large spills, contact your local fire department for assistance.
ALWAYS wash hands thoroughly after handling chemicals.


ACIDS AND OXIDIZERS SAFETY

Balance Chemicals such as pH increaser, pH decreaser, Alkalinity increaser, Muriatic Acid

Protective Equipment
• Eyes-goggles
• Hands-gloves (rubber, neoprene, or PVC)

Handling Precautions
• DO NOT take internally
• Avoid contact with eyes, skin or clothing
• Avoid breathing dust, spray or mist
• Store containers in a cool, dry place
• Always keep containers tightly sealed
• Caution: DO NOT MIX balancing chemicals with anything other than water
• Conditions and Materials to Avoid
• Avoid contact with acids
• Avoid contact with organics and oxidizers
• Do not store near acids

Oxidizers- any form of chlorine or shock treatment.
Protective Equipment
• Eyes-wear glasses or goggles
• Hands-wear gloves (rubber, neoprene, or PVC)

Handling Precautions
• DO NOT take internally
• Avoid contact with eyes, skin or clothing
• Upon contact with skin or eyes, rinse with water
• Avoid breathing dust
• Store all containers in a cool, dry place
• Do not store containers in direct sun light
• Do not store near combustible materials
• Do not mix oxidizers
• Use clean, dry utensils when handling oxidizers
• Keep all oxidizer containers off wet floors

Conditions and Material to Avoid
• Excessive heat—oxidizers will decompose, releasing toxic gasses and heat
• Solvents
• Acids
• Other pool chemicals such as acids, algaecides, clarifiers, sequestering agents, surface cleaners, etc.
• Organic materials

Do not mix chemicals with anything other than pool water. Always add chemicals to plenty of water. Never add water to chemicals.