Many pool newcomers forget that using pool chemicals is dangerous and must be stored properly to minimize health risks and protect the environment. But how to ensure a suitable pool chemical storage?
The pool chemicals should always be kept in the original container and not be refilled. In addition, the chemicals should be stored in a shady and well-ventilated place in a plastic collection box to prevent the agents from leaking out.
In this article, I’ll give you practical safety tips for storing pool chemicals and how to use them properly.
Proper storage of pool chemicals
Balancing the pool chemistry is crucial for water treatment in pools or hot tubs.
However, it is also important to store the pool chemicals to prevent possible dangers.
You know for sure that direct contact with the chemicals and inhalation is harmful to your health.
Therefore, the pool chemicals should be stored out of the reach of children.
But proper storage is also crucial so that the products are not mixed and have a long shelf life.
But how are chlorine and all other chemicals adequately stored?
The ideal location for storing pool chemistry is as follows:
- The reservoir for any pool chemistry should be dry.
- A cold and shady place in the garden shed or the basement.
- The area should also be well ventilated so that gases can escape – a window is sufficient.
I do not recommend stacking the pool chemicals under any circumstances. This method can lead to an unwanted mixture of individual chemicals.
You have to prevent this!
Therefore, make sure that all containers are correctly screwed on or covered.
The best thing to do is to keep all chemicals in a large plastic container to prevent them from tipping over – separate the granules and liquid chemicals.
The container serves as a collecting station if one of the agents should leak. This avoids contamination of the deposit and your garden.
The safest way to store chemicals for the pool is in the original packaging – avoid filling them into other containers.
In combination with the collecting container, you have double protection.
Using these pool chemical storage tips will reduce the chemicals’ risk of becoming unusable and contaminating the garden.
Tip: Do you store metallic objects such as a pool robot together with the pool chemicals? Rust can develop if metal parts are not painted properly and are kept close to pool chemistry.
Correct use of pool chemistry
Dealing with pool chemistry needs to be learned to avoid injuries. You will also learn how to react correctly in an emergency.
For this reason, here are some more tips on using chemicals in the pool.
- Read instructions for use: First, follow the instructions from the manufacturer’s information. Pool chemicals purchased in the US must be labeled and printed with appropriate information.
- Wear protective equipment: Always wear protective equipment such as safety glasses and a face mask when using pool chemicals.
- Opening containers: Open chlorine and other disinfectants containers quickly (on a solid and level surface) and remove yourself immediately until the gases have dissipated.
- Do not mix chemicals: Under no circumstances should the pool chemicals be combined outside the pool, as this can lead to unforeseen chemical reactions.
- Avoid splashes: If liquid chemicals are splashed on the skin, in the eyes, or on the clothing, you must remove them by using clean water to avoid irritation and bleaching marks. The best way to prevent splashes is to pour liquids into the return nozzles carefully.
- Scattering of granules: If granules are scattered in the pool, then wait for a moment of calm. Never throw the granules into the wind, and wear a respirator against the fine dust.
- Dissolving pool chemicals: Always add pool chemicals to the water, and never the other way around if you need to dissolve or dilute a product.
- Fire hazard: Any risk of fire when storing and using pool chemicals must be avoided – you can smoke the cigarette after cleaning the pool. Source.
- Emergency: Have the phone numbers of the emergency doctor and the fire brigade ready. I also recommend keeping the poison control center number in a visible place.
You can see how pool chemistry is stored in practice in this video.
Tip: If you need more information about pool chemicals and how to use them, read my ultimate guide – how to use pool chemicals for dummies.
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With that in mind, have fun using pool chemistry and stay save.