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Pool Chemical Safety: Chlorine and more

Along with the fun of having a fantastic inground swimming pool comes maintenance, including pool chemical safety, ensuring that any chemicals are used correctly. But don’t worry. We have some pool chemical safety tips for smooth swimming.

Pool Chemical Safety Tips

  • First, read each chemical’s product label or material safety data sheet (MSDS) so you know how to transport, use and store specific chemicals safely. Also, know what to do in case of any spill.
  •  Store the chemicals in a dry, cool place that can be secured, such as a storage shed. The higher the shelf, the better. It’s also vital that they’re placed away from direct sunlight.
  •  Keep all chemicals stored in their original containers. Make sure that water cannot come into contact with the pool chemicals.
  •  Keep all gasoline, fertilizers, paint, pesticides and any flammable materials away from your pool chemicals in the storage area.
  •  If you have any questions about the chemicals for your pool, be sure to ask!

When it comes to chemicals in your pool, remember that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. This is especially true when it comes to chlorine in pools. While this chemical is effective for killing bacteria and algae, too much can also pose a threat to you and your family.

Oftentimes, the first signs of too much chlorine are eye and skin problems. Your eyes may feel dry, red and itchy, and some people break out in rashes. High chlorine levels have also been associated with aggravating asthma symptoms.

Children are especially vulnerable to developing asthma and allergies from swimming in over-chlorinated pools, but adults can also be affected.

Pregnant women must also be careful in and around pools treated with chlorine. While swimming is an excellent form of exercise during pregnancy, overexposure to chlorine can cause concern. However, it is generally considered safe if the pool is not overchlorinated and the expectant mom doesn’t spend all day in the water. (Always check with your health care provider to see if swimming is okay for you).

An excellent preventive plan is for chlorination in pools to be reduced to the lowest possible level needed to prevent the growth of microorganisms in the water. According to the CDC, you should have a free chlorine concentration of at least one ppm. Also significant are the proper pH levels, which should be between 7.2 and 7.8.

In short, the best approach to keeping your family happy and healthy is to test the water. If you follow these guidelines, your pool will be clear of bacteria and algae and still at a safe chemical level for your family.

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