Health & Safety
Observing health and safety is of the upmost importance when using a swimming pool, hot tub or spa and there are a number of dangers that can be easily avoided. Similarly, when using our specialist chemicals to maintain your swimming pool, hot tub or spa it is imperative that you observe the health and safety information and instructions provided.
Please take the time to read the health and safety advice below as well as the information provided with each of our products and make sure your swimming pool, hot tub or spa experience is a safe and enjoyable one, every time.
General Health and Safety for Swimming Pools
- Adults should accompany children at all times.
- All users should be made aware of potential hazards relating to pool use.
- Always exit the pools using the pool ladders.
- Avoid the use of glass in and around the pool.
- Be aware that warm temperatures in spas can make you drowsy.
- Do not over crowd your pool or spa.
- Do not swim if the pool water is cloudy.
- Do not allow diving in shallow water.
- Electrical appliances should not be used near the pool.
- Ensure a first aid kit is available for accidents.
- Pools and spas that are treated with the correct chemical levels will offer the bather a safe, hygienic and comfortable environment.
Health and Safety for Swimming Pool Chemical Use
- Always read the label. Take note of the risk and safety phrases on each chemical. Read instructions on each product thoroughly before use.
- Always add chemicals to water and never vice-versa.
- Always handle chemicals in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors.
- Always pre-dissolve chemicals in a clean plastic container.
- Avoid spillage and if occurrence then follow full instructions on correct procedure.
- Before disposing of empty chemical containers, rinse them thoroughly in the pool.
- In the event of a spillage, clean up using clean receptacles and dispose of in the pool. Flush area thoroughly with large volume of fresh water.
- Keep all chemicals locked away and out of reach of children and animals.
- Never mix different chemicals. Acid based products and chlorine products will cause dangerous by-products.
- Never use unlabelled chemicals.
- Store chemicals in a secure, dry and cool place out of the reach of children and animals.
- Always wash hands after handling pool chemicals.
- To minimise the use of chemicals it is advisable for bathers to shower before entry into pool water. Chemical Storage
- Minimise the different types of chemicals you store.
- Don't buy more than you will consume in a season. Some of the more hazardous pool chemicals don't keep well.
- Keep wet hands and dirty scoops out of your chemicals. Contamination is often a cause of problems.
- Don't store pool chemicals where other materials can fall into them.
- When adding chemicals to your pool allow one to disappear before adding another.
- Use gloves and glasses.
- ALL forms of acids react DANGEROUSLY with all forms of chlorine or bromine. Chlorine compounds that look or smell alike may not be the same. Allowing even small amounts of different chlorine sanitizers to touch each other can be EXTREMELY dangerous. In particular, trichlor and calcium hypochlorite can react dangerously on contact with each other. Once they're dissolved in the pool, though, they get along fine.