POOL CHEMICAL HANDLING AND STORAGE
The chemicals you use to sanitize and keep you pool water in balance are not dangerous when handled and stored properly. Always use caution and common sense when handling pool chemicals. Read all labels carefully and follow directions as printed. In case of a fire in your storage area, call the fire department IMMEDIATELY. Do not try to fight the fire yourself. Fumes and gases given off by the chemicals can cause serious injury or death. Alert them to the fact that you have pool chemicals in the fire area. Evacuate everyone around the fire scene to a safe place at least 100 yards away and up-wind of the fire.
Chlorine tablets, granular chlorine, and oxidizer can be hazardous if contaminated with small amounts of water or any organic substance (wood, oil, acids, dirt, etc...). Chlorine is an oxidizing agent and will support combustion. If you tip a bucket over and spill some do not return the spilled portion to the bucket. It is contaminated and should be disposed of. The best place to dispose of small amounts is into the pool. Be sure to use a broom and dust pan to clean up the spill and mop the area of the spill with generous amounts of water. Rinse the broom and dustpan before returning to their storage area. You may use the portion remaining in the bucket provided it is not contaminated.
NEVER mix chemical together before adding them to the pool water. They will react and give off toxic fumes. Always add chemicals to water and never water to chemicals. This will prevent any adverse reactions from occurring.
ALWAYS store acids and chlorines in different areas. In the event of a spill, acids should be neutralized with soda ash. Use generous amounts. Once the acid has been neutralized flood the area with water.
KEEP the poison control number by the phone. Keep all chemicals out of childrens reach. NEVER inhale the fumes from any chemicals as this could cause severe damage to the lungs and may cause death.
I am a store manager for Leslie's Pool Supplies. We are a nationwide retailer of swimming pool supplies. This is not a sales pitch. If you have any questions concerning your pool or the location of a store near you call toll free 1-800-LESLIES the phones will be answered until 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time seven days a week. Or stop by your local swimming pool retailer. Good Luck and have a fantastic summer.