Storing and Handling Pool Chemicals

  • Avoid direct contact with chlorine, as it will irritate your eyes and skin. If contact is made, wash quickly.
  • Chlorine should always be stored in a cool, dry place. Keep it out of sunlight and out of the reach of children.
  • Some other pool chemicals, such as those used to control pH, CAN BE DANGEROUS. Avoid contact.
  • Read all pool chemical labels carefully. They should be strictly followed.
  • Dispose of empty containers immediately. They should not remain in the storage area.
  • Wash spills thoroughly with water. Do not pour spillage into containers, including the chemical’s original container.
  • Before adding a chemical to a chlorine feeder, confirm it is the right kind. A possible explosion can result if the wrong chemical is added to an enclosed feeder.
  • Store pool chemicals in a cool, dry and ventilated place.
  • In event of fire, do not use a dry chemical fire extinguisher.
  • Do not allow moisture to enter dry pool chemical containers. Containers can off gas or force the lid off violently.
  • Pool chemicals should not be mixed together. Add them to your pool one at a time.
  • Add measured pool chemicals directly into pool. Do not mix in a pail or other container.
  • Do not store liquid pool chemicals over dry chlorinating products. If using shelves, put liquids on the lowest shelf.
  • Chlorine products should be stored separately from acid products, such as those used to control pH.
  • Only use plastic, glass or enamel measuring cups. They must be clean and dry before use.
  • Automatic chlorinators should only be installed in vented rooms.
  • Chlorine compounds are oxidizing agents, meaning they can cause a fire or an explosion if they come into contact with organic compounds. Household containers, paint materials, oil and grease are examples of organic compounds to keep away from pool chemicals.
  • Keep pool chemical containers closed when not in use.

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Additional Resources

Pool Care Guide
Pool Care Guide
Troubleshooting Pool Guide
Pool Troubleshooting Guide
Pool and Spa Chemical Charts
Pool and Spa Chemical Charts