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Chemical handling:

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

            However, like many household products, if pool and spa products are mishandled, they can be hazardous.

            Remember these guidelines:

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

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

3.       Do not overdose your pool or spa.  Use the exact amounts specified on the label or by your dealer, 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 in your eyes, nose or mouth.  When opening, turn your head to the side or point the container away from you.

7.       Spills happen!  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 or spa.  In case of significant spills or when you are unsure, contact your dealer for help.  Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up spills, throw material into trash or put spilled material back into the original container.  Dispose of properly.  Keep the spill away from lawns and landscaping to avoid damage.

8.       Don’t smoke around chemicals.  Some chemical fumes can be highly flammable, and sanitizers or oxidizers can be ignited by a lighted cigarette or match.

9.       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 local Poison Control Center.

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

Specific to Spas

1.       For Spas-Never let water temperatures surpass 104 degrees F.  Higher temperatures can place a dangerous strain on the cardiovascular system.  Use an accurate shatterproof thermometer in addition to your thermostat to check temperatures.  For young children, pregnant women and persons with medical problems, special caution is recommended.

2.       Never use your spa or hot tub while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  This can lead to drowsiness and may result in drowning.  If you are on medication, consult a doctor before using a spa.

3.       Persons with open sores or wounds should not use the spa.  Hot water is an ideal medium for spreading infection if proper sanitizer levels are not maintained.

4.       Showering with soap and hot water before spa use.  Will reduce the contaminants that affect your spa and your health.

5.       Children should never use the spa or hot tub without supervision.  Adults should avoid using the tub alone.  Slips and falls are lessened with non-slip surfaces, good deck drainage, steps and hand rails.  Drains and outlets can trap small children and hair or other body parts of adults if not properly maintained.  If your spa or hot tub has raised drain covers, long hair should be pinned to avoid entanglement.

6.       Do not use electrical appliances while using a spa or hot tub.