Pool Safety

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Your pool will be more enjoyable and relaxing if you play it safe. Follow these steps to ensure the safety of your family and friends.

Handling Chemicals

General Safety

 


Handling Chemicals

The most important thing to know about handling chemicals is that you read the label. Most accidents involving pool chemicals are the result of not following directions for use, storage or handling. Used correctly, pool chemicals protect you.

However, like many household products, if pool products are mishandled, they can be hazardous. Remember the following guidelines:

  1. NEVER mix chemicals together.
    Chemical reactions, explosion or fire may occur. Always add chemicals to pool water separately.

  2. Keep chemicals out of the reach of children.
    Only a responsible adult should handle chemicals.

  3. Do not overdose your pool.
    Use the exact amounts specified on the label or recommended by your authorised BioGuard® Pool Pro, never more.

  4. NEVER add water to chemicals.
    Add chemicals to water.

  5. Use a clean, plastic scoop when measuring chemicals.
    Don't interchange scoops or place a wet scoop in a container of chemicals.

  6. Avoid inhaling fumes or allowing chemicals to get into your eyes, nose or mouth.
    When opening, turn your head to the side or point the container away from you.

  7. Beware of chemical spills.
    Carefully clean up any spills as soon as they occur and dispose of the material in a safe manner. Most small spills can be diluted in water added to the pool. In the case of significant spills, or when you are unsure, contact your BioGuard® Pool Pro for help.
  8. Always dispose of spills properly and responsibly. Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up spills, or throw material into the garbage or put spilled materials back into the original container. Keep the spills away from lawns and landscaping to avoid damage.

  9. Don't smoke around chemicals.
    Some chemical fumes can be highly flammable, and a lit cigarette or match can ignite sanitisers or oxidisers.

  10. Follow emergency procedures when accidents occur.
    In case of accidental contact with skin or eyes, or if a chemical is swallowed, follow emergency advice on the product label and call your doctor or your local Poisons Information Centre.

  11. Store products safely.
    Always keep chemical containers closed when not in use.
    Store chemical containers in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area, away from other household or garden chemicals and petrol. Some pool chemicals are corrosive and should not be stored near metal products such as bicycles, lawn mowers, cars, etc. They may cause rust.

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General Safety

Besides handling and using chemicals, there are some other safety measures you should keep in mind.

Use common sense to ensure the safety of those who use your pool. Take steps to secure your pool and watch children vigilantly. Check local ordinances for special safety requirements.

Family Rules

  1. Always supervise guests who can't swim.
  2. Always supervise children in or near the pool area.
  3. Don't allow glass in the pool area.
  4. Insist on safe use of the diving board, slide or water toys.
  5. Keep the pool and deck area free of debris all year round.

Keep a shepherd's crook (like lifeguards use) and life preservers handy for emergencies.

Pool Markings

Marks indicating water depth can be helpful in preventing accidents by keeping swimmers aware.

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