Pool Safety


Following these few, simple guidelines will help ensure the safety and well being of your family and friends.

Handling Chemicals

Always read the label and follow directions carefully. It contains important information on the proper application, handling and storage of the compound you're using. Used correctly, pool water maintenance products safeguard the health of your entire family. If they're mishandled, they can be hazardous. Remember these guidelines:

Never mix chemicals of any kind together. An uncontrolled reaction such as fuming, fire or explosion could occur. Always add maintenance products to the pool water separately and in different areas.

Never overdose your pool. Use the exact amount specified on the label or by your Pool Emporium, Inc. Knowing your pool's exact volume will help prevent over-or under-application.

Never add water to chemicals; always add the chemical to large amounts of water.

Never inhale fumes or allow products to get in your eyes, nose or mouth. When opening a product, turn your face to one side or point the container away from you. In the event of accidental contact or if product is swallowed, follow emergency advice on the product label and call your doctor and/or your local Poison Control Center. The phone number of the Rocky Mountain Poison Control Center is (877) 800-5553.

Never smoke around chemicals. Some chemical fumes can be highly flammable, and sanitizers or oxidizers can be ignited by a lit cigarette or match.

Never allow children to handle, measure or dispense chemicals.

Never interchange measuring scoops or place wet scoops back into any chemical container.

Never store liquids directly above sanitizers and oxidizers; they may accidentally leak and contaminate other products.

Never store pool sanitizers and oxidizers near metal products like bicycles, lawn mowers, cars, etc., because they may cause rust.

Never leave large, open containers in areas where children play. Such containers often collect water and present a drowning hazard should a child climb into it.

Always clean up any spills as soon as they occur, and dispose of the material in a safe manner. Small spills can be diluted by hosing off into the pool. Contact your Pool Emporium, Inc. for advice on cleaning larger spills. Never use a vacuum cleaner to clean spills. It's hazardous to throw chemicals into the trash or put spilled material back into the original container. Keep all spills away from lawns and landscaping to avoid damage. Dispose of all chemicals according to label directions.

Always store chemical products safely and out of the reach of small children. Keep your pool maintenance products in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area, away from other household or garden chemicals and petroleum products.

Always keep chemical product containers tightly closed when not in use.

Always brace liquids so they won't tip while transporting them in your car. Don't allow chemicals to stay in the trunk of a car for a long period of time. Unpack them as soon as you get home.

Always wear protective equipment (safety glasses, rubber gloves, etc.) as directed on the label of the product.

Always use care when broadcasting powdered products into the pool on windy days to prevent product from getting in eyes or mouth or onto skin.

GENERAL SAFETY

Beyond the safe and responsible handling and storage of pool chemical products, there are some other safety measures you should consider. Always secure your pool area and keep an eye on children. Check local ordinances or ask Pool Emporium, Inc. about any special safety requirements. Use common sense to ensure the safety of those who use your pool.

Make safety a habit with your entire family; review safe practices at the start of every swim season. Teach the whole family to swim, because it's so much fun! But always remember:

The information on this page has been provided courtesy of BioLab, Inc. ©1998