Having a pool is a luxury and a responsibility. We tend to not give much thought to chemical storage safety while lounging in the refreshing, cool water.
Some Fountain Hills homeowners recently discovered how volatile pool chemicals can be when their realtor discovered a fire in the garage during an open house! Thankfully it was caught in time and the fire department was able to respond quickly and get it out before much damage was done.
All it took was a bag of shock with a little tear in it to come into contact with weed killer for a chemical reaction to take place that ignited the fire!
Follow these critical tips to keep yourself and your home safe when storing pool chemicals:
Always follow chemical label instructions.
These labels have valuable information to keep swimmers safe, give appropriate hazard warnings, and specify reactive properties. This information is THE MOST IMPORTANT for you to know!
Store chemicals in the package or container it came in.
It doesn’t take much to initiate a chemical reaction, even without realizing it.
Store in a cool, well-ventilated location.
Chemicals should not be stored in temperatures above 95 degrees. Do not store near a heat or electrical source. Make sure there is adequate ventilation to protect you from breathing concentrated chlorine fumes.
Store in a dry location.
To avoid corrosion or noxious gases, store on a flat surface above the floor. Keep them away from doors and windows where rainwater might leak. Use extra caution by covering with a waterproof material. It only takes a drop of water to begin a chemical reaction.
Do not store liquids on top of solids, or acids near chlorine. Only like chemicals should be stored above or beside each other. Chlorine and acid must never be stored side by side.
Prevent fire hazards.
Gasoline, grills, and lawnmowers should be stored in an area separate from pool chemicals to prevent reaction and ignition. Keep rags, debris, and trash away from the area since they will serve as fuel in the case of a fire.
Use separate measuring cups.
To avoid unwanted chemical reactions, label measuring cups for each chemical.
A beautifully clean pool is a great asset for those who live in the desert during the summer. A few steps of prevention and forethought can protect you and your home from terrible consequences. For more information, CLICK HERE.