Pool Chemical Safety | Jacksonville Custom Pool Contractor

The use and care of a swimming pool should be a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Since there are a number of items in and around a swimming pool, including the pool itself, which can be a potential hazard, familiarization of the safety aspects of these items is mandatory. Please refer to the warning labels on any product for use in or near the swimming pool, and follow any directions for the safe and clean disposal of these items. Please refer to your equipment owner’s manuals for all operating and safety precautions.
The chemicals used in a swimming pool pose a definite hazard to occupants and equipment. A few simple guidelines should be followed to ensure the safety of everyone. In this context, a “chemical” includes, but is not limited to, chlorine, acid, soda ash, any algaecide, diatomaceous earth, silica sand, and any cleaning agent.

  • Never mix any two chemicals together, either away from or in the pool water.
  • Never add water to a chemical….always add the chemical to water.
  • Never handle a chemical without the use of protective gloves and a form of nose-mouth protection. This can be a disposable fabric mask or a respirator.
  • Never add two different chemicals to the pool water at the same time … always allow at least 4 hours between applications unless otherwise directed by the chemical manufacturer.
  • Never allow anyone to use the pool within 4 hours after the addition of chemicals.
  • Never store any chemicals inside the house, in direct sunlight, or near the pool area.
  • Keep all pool chemicals out of the reach of children.
  • Never store two different chemicals adjacent to one another. Leakage of one could cause them to mix and a chemical reaction could result.

Avoid contact of any chemical with the skin or mucous membranes, such as those in the mouth, eyes, and nose. If this occurs, flush the area with water and consult a physician immediately. Be sure to have the container of the chemical nearby to inform the physician of the agent involved.
Be aware of the addition of any pool chemicals by another person to avoid interaction or overdose.

Water Safety

Water and children can be a fun, enjoyable and healthy combination as long as a few simple safety rules are followed to prevent drownings and near-drownings. Adult supervision, effective barriers and knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will help provide a safe and fun atmosphere for you and your family.

We are strongly committed to reducing the number of drowning and near-drowning accidents so we have reprinted these helpful safety tips provided by the Florida Swimming Pool Association.


  • Never take your eyes off a child when he or she is in or near any body of
  • water, not even for a second.
  • Do not rely solely on barriers, such as fences or walls. This is no substitute for constant supervision.
  • Keep toys, tricycles, and other children’s playthings out of the water and away from the pool or spa.
  • Do not consider your children to be “drown-proof” because you enrolled them in swimming or “waterproofing” classes. Do not rely on inflatable devices to keep your child afloat. These are not substitutes for adult supervision.


Make sure your pool or spa area meets all necessary barrier requirements such as a fence, wall or safety cover that guards against unsupervised access, particularly by young children.

Make sure doors leading to the pool or spa area are self-closing and self-latching, or are equipped with exit alarms, and are never propped open. Gates should have self-closing, self-latching mechanisms. Latches should be out of reach of young children and kept in proper working order. Make sure the safety cover is always closed when the pool or spa is not in use.

Always drain standing (surface) water from the pool cover. Remember that even a few inches of water can be hazardous, especially to young children.


Learn how to administer lifesaving techniques to children, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Keep a cordless phone in the pool or spa area.