Safely store your Phoenix pool supplies
- March 26, 2014
- Pool Industry News and Tips, Pool Safety and Health,
There are numerous safety regulations and standards that Phoenix pool owners must adhere to in owning and operating their swimming areas. Many cities and states have barrier requirements that prevent any young children from entering the pool enclosure without supervision, such as self-latching gates and minimum spaces between horizontal bars.
It's important to protect younger swimmers from the dangers of swimming in the pool alone. It's also essential that owners monitor the safe storage of their pool supplies. Otherwise, there could be both financial and legal ramifications.
Handling the problem
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if pool chemicals become soaked by a relatively small quantity of water or are mixed incorrectly, they can become a health hazard. This can be especially true with chemicals that have oxidation properties, as they can be capable of generating high temperatures and releasing toxic vapors if improperly stored.
Wetting can be one of the most common ways for pool chemicals to become hazardous, and sources of water entry can range from leaking roofs to broken windows. Additionally, if the chemicals aren't raised off the floor, they can become soaked if water seeps across the ground of the storage area.
Humidity during the warmer months of the year can also pose an issue, as it can dampen the chemicals with moisture. However, the EPA explained that the effects of humidity are mostly slow-acting due to the decreased rate of temperature buildup and possible release of toxic vapors.
Controlling the hazards
It's likely that your Phoenix pool service professionals will instruct you on the proper storage and management of chemicals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that owners keep the chemicals away from doors and windows in case of any leaks. Also, any opened containers should be covered with waterproof material.
With many potential entryways for water to seep through – ceilings, walls, pipes and drains – owners should regularly check the storage area for any evidence of water and fix any vulnerable spots that they find. Each chemical should also be stored separately, as this can help prevent any improper mixing. Any incompatible chemicals shouldn't be kept near each other, as if any of them leak, they might cause a bad reaction when mixed.
Following the correct safety protocols can protect owners and swimmers alike from potentially hazardous chemicals. Clearly labeled containers and organization can be essential to preventing leaks or wetting.