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Swimming Pools & Spas
the utmost care
should be taken when handling and
storing them. Failure to do so can
cause fires, toxic vapor release and
It may be
a surprise to some that moisture
creates large safety hazards with
pool chemicals. These chemicals are
intended to be mixed into large
amounts of water but limited
moisture is a different story. Small
amounts of moisture can result in an
unwanted reaction where there could
be a dramatic increase in
temperature or a release of toxic
Pool chemicals are
typically packaged in plastic bags
or drums designed to keep moisture
out but this isn’t always
successful. The EPA traces the most
common causes of moisture entry to
roof leaks in a storage facility, a
wet floor that the chemicals were
not elevated above, leakage from the
fire suppression sprinkler system
and high-humidity conditions.
In order to prevent these
reactions, you must look for ways to
keep pool chemicals dry and secure.
Proper pool chemical storage can be
achieved by fully closing
containers, covering exposed
packaging and storing chemicals away
from doors, vents and windows.
You must ensure that the storage
facility has no roof leaks, broken
or opened windows or leaks from
water pipes, hoses, etc. Pool
chemical storage rooms must also
have sloped flooring that leads to
unblocked floor drains. All
chemicals should be lifted from the
floor, stored on shelves and covered
with waterproof packaging.
Balancing pool chemicals is a
science not to be taken lightly.
It’s dangerous when pool chemicals
come into contact with moisture and
is even more dangerous when an
unwanted reaction occurs during
mixing. The most common pool
chemicals are incompatible with each
other and mixing them incorrectly
can generate a high enough
temperature to start a fire. It can
also result in the release of highly
toxic and corrosive chlorine gas.
Improper chemical mixing
incidents can occur when the tools
used to handle one chemical are used
on another before being cleaned.
Incidents can also occur from
improperly cleaned chemical
containers and spilled substances.
These reactions can also happen
when mixing partially decomposed
chemicals and new chemicals of the
same type. This is why it is so
important to keep tabs on the age
and quality of pool chemicals.
Proper pool chemical storage
arrangements should be made to
ensure chemicals aren’t mixed
unintentionally. To do so, they must
separate incompatible chemicals and
avoid keeping containers of liquid
above these substances. There should
be separate, designated tools for
handling each type of chemical and
only one chemical should be handled
at a time. SDS sheets for chemicals
also provide all the correct
information on proper chemical
storage and handling.
always smart make safety a top
priority in and around the pool.
Article by Kimberly Sherwood,