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.