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NEVER
*use contents of unlabeled containers,
*mix different chemicals together, *put spilled chemicals back into their containers,
*touch undiluted chemicals with your hands,
*smoke when handling chemicals, *store materials or chemicals above your head,
*store pool chemicals near gasoline, fertilizers, herbicides, grease, paint, tile cleaners, turpentine, or flammable materials.

This tip is especially important when pool chemicals are stored in sheds or small storage rooms,
*Do not clean up small spills if the chemicals have mixed with other materials (such as grass, paper, etc.) or if the material is reacting (hissing, bubbling, smoking, gassing, burning) or the containers are bulging.

If there is any sign that a chemical reaction is happening, evacuate the area immediately and contact your local fire department for help.


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Pool Chemicals
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Pool Chemicals.

The proper management of a backyard swimming pool can be a difficult and time-consuming task. The chemical balance of the water has to be carefully monitored to make sure that it not become fouled with algae or bacteria. Either of these will make the water smell and look unpleasant and can be a serious health hazard . The water must also be kept clear of debris such as fallen leaves and sticks, as these encourage fouling and become very slippery and dangerous as they start to decompose. Most people keep their pool covered over during the months of the year in which it is not in use.
Swimming pool chemicals include various kinds of disinfectants and sanitizers which work to control the growth of certain kinds of algae and bacteria in the pool water. The chemicals are needed to maintain very low levels of bacteria and viruses to prevent the spread of diseases between users. Various kinds of disinfectants and sanitizers are used but the "chlorine" type is the most common. The chlorine usually comes from "chlorinating agents" that release chlorine when they are dissolved in the water.



There are several types of chlorinating agents available. Handling pool chemicals correctly is an absolute must.
ALWAYS
*read manufacturers application instructions and if there is anything you do not understand, ask your pool chemical supplier for help, *keep chemicals out of the reach of children and pets,
*keep containers closed when not in use, *use separate, clean metal or plastic measuring cups for each chemical,
*wear appropriate protective equipment and clothing including gloves, safety glasses and footwear, *protect chemicals from moisture and water - such as a cup of water (or coffee!), even putting the wet scoop back into the pail may cause a reaction,
*wash your hands thoroughly after handling any chemicals.
*store pool chemicals in a cool, dry place away from sunlight,
*make sure your storage area is well ventilated.

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