You can use a range of chemicals to keep your spa and pool water clean. There are some simple things you can do to use them safely.
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The risks of spa and pool chemicals
Spa and pool chemicals can be dangerous. They are often:
- oxidisers or oxidizing agents: They can make things catch fire or make a fire grow.
- corrosive: They can hurt your skin if you touch them. They can also damage other things, like wood or metal surfaces.
- toxic: They can make you sick if you swallow them, breath them in, or get them on your skin or in your eyes.
- ecotoxic: They can be bad for the environment.
Using spa and pool chemicals safely
- Read all the instructions on the chemicals' labels so you know how to use and store them safely.
- Ask for a ‘safety data sheet’ at the store where you buy your chemicals. This will give you even more information about how to use the chemicals safely.
- Wear gloves and goggles and make sure your arms and legs are covered when using your chemicals.
- Add the chemicals straight to your spa or pool (unless the directions say otherwise). It can be dangerous to mix chemicals with small amounts of water, like in a cup or bucket – they may explode.
- Clean up any spills quickly, following the directions on the label.
- Never mix different chemicals together. This can make them release poisonous gases or even explode.
- Wash your hands well when you are finished working with the chemicals.
Storing spa and pool chemicals safely
- Store your chemicals in a locked cupboard, where children and pets can’t get at them.
- Make sure the chemicals are well away from heat, fires, and electricity.
- Keep them away from other chemicals that can burn easily, like petrol or LPG.
- Store all liquid chemicals upright, not on their sides. This will help prevent big spills.
- Check all the chemical containers are tightly shut.