Well, its’ official. The Ground Hog didn’t see his shadow so we can look forward to an early spring! We have been pretty lucky so far this winter with minimal amounts of snow accumulating. We are hoping to make it through the winter unscathed. Spring is the time when we start to think about pool openings. But we should always be thinking about pool safety.
   Ultimately, we do not want you to handle pool chemicals. That’s why you have us! If you are going to be handling chemicals, make sure you read the chemical instructions on the package and review the corresponding Safety Data Sheet (SDS). Those safety data sheets have been emailed to you at the beginning of your season with the chemicals you purchase, and you can access them at our website in case you misplaced them. Here are some basic chemical safety rules:
  • Follow instructions as given on chemical containers.
  • When diluting, never add water to chemicals. Always add chemicals to water, SLOWLY.
  • Protect yourself by wearing goggles and chemical gloves.
  • NEVER mix chemicals, a dangerous gas can develop immediately.
  • Always use a clean and dry scooper.  Do not get it wet or share scoopers between containers.
  • Always keep chemicals in their original container. Do not reuse containers.
  • Always replace covers tightly.
  • Always clean up spills immediately.  Follow SDS instructions.
  • NO SMOKING where chemicals are stored.
  • Chemicals should be added only when the pool is clear of people.  If needed during scheduled hours, clear the pool of people before adding chemicals and wait five (5) minutes before allowing them to re-enter the pool.
  • Always rinse empty containers thoroughly in pool water.  Dispose of properly.
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
   We also do not want you to touch your pool equipment. You may be unfamiliar with its setup or we have programmed it in way to optimize your pool operation. When you purchased, your pool equipment it came with a manufacturer’s operation manual. If you purchased the equipment through us, we provided you with this manual at installation. If it was there before us, you can access those manuals at the manufacturer’s website if you have misplaced it.
   You need to ensure that bathers in your pool are safe, and that when the pool is not in use that there is no access. You should ensure that the pool has multiple layers of protection to prevent those from accessing your pool. But remember, nothing replace constant, adult supervision.
  • Inspect and correct any pool fence and gate problems: no gaps or missing slats in fencing and gates, there are no loose or wobbly fences; fences that are too low as industry standard requires 4 feet and some towns 5 or 6 feet; gates must self-close or self-latch; items are at least 36 inches away from fencing as not to assist people from using it to climb over the fencing.
  • Inspect main drain covers are secure to prevent entrapment
  • Install motion lightning that will turn on when someone approaches the pool and pool area
  • Provide approved life jackets for non-swimmers
  • Always maintain responsible adult supervision when children and non-swimmers are in the pool
  • Consider secondary items such as pool fencing, a pool alarms or a safety pool coverContact us today for pricing!

*This information is obtained from the Certified Pool and Spa Operator Handbook. This information may not be applicable to your pool based on your pool type and location. One should reference all applicable regulations and standards for your facility.

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