Safety is paramount when maintaining an indoor pool, especially when you’re using chemicals to clean and sanitize the water. Common sense can take you a long way, of course, but keep in mind these additional tips for pool maintenance, so you can be sure all your family and friends can enjoy your pool safely, year-round.
Basic pool maintenance involves handling chemicals that can be hazardous without proper precautions. Improperly handling chemicals can lead to chemical burns as well as other health hazards if toxic fumes are inhaled. Pool chemicals are designed to dissolve in a large body of water, which means they are often quite concentrated to begin with.
The following safety tips can help you handle your pool chemicals safely:
- Store chemicals in a cool, dry place, out of the sunlight and away from children and pets
- Containers should be secured and locked when not in use in a well-ventilated area
- Oxidizers should never be stored near acids
- Chemicals shouldn’t be stored over-head, and liquid chemicals shouldn’t be stored above solid or powder chemicals
- Store chemicals in original containers and do not use any contents in unlabeled containers
- Don’t ever store pool chemicals near anything flammable, such as paints or gasoline.
- Never mix chemicals
- Carefully read and follow manufacturer recommendations
- Always wear protective gear when handling chemicals and only use these substances in a well-ventilated area
Pools that aren’t treated with chemicals attract disease-causing mosquitoes and bacteria, so be sure to maintain the proper pool chemistry at all times.
Pool Maintenance Safety
When it comes to performing maintenance tasks on your indoor pool, follow these safety tips:
- Take care around filters, pool pumps, and mechanical components—these are electronic devices. Electronics and water do not go well together, so don’t ever plug in an extension cord around your indoor pool.
- Don’t let guests use the pool when the suction drain cover is broken or missing.
- Don’t use an aluminum vacuum handle in your pool.
- Don’t enter the pool while you are running a utility pump.
- Wear protective gear while performing maintenance tasks on your pool, and wear a swim cap or pin up your hair if it is long.
To learn more about our pools and spas, contact Robert Allen Pools and Spas in Reno, Nevada. We are experts in pool and spa safety and here to make sure you and your family are safe in the water.