Always read labels and follow directions carefully. You’ll learn important information about the proper application, handling and storage of the product you’re using. Used correctly, pool water maintenance products safeguard the health of your entire family. If they’re mishandled, they can be hazardous. Keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind for a safer more enjoyable pool environment.
You should always…
- Clean up spills as soon as they occur and safely dispose of the material. Small spills can be diluted by hosing off into the pool. Contact your BioGuard® Pool & Spa Care Center for advice on cleaning larger spills. Never use a vacuum cleaner to clean spills. It’s hazardous to throw chemicals into the trash or put spilled material back into the original container. Keep all spills away from lawns and landscaping to avoid damage. Dispose of all chemicals according to label directions.
- Store chemical products safely and out of the reach of small children. Keep your pool maintenance products in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area, away from other household or garden chemicals and petroleum products.
- Keep chemical product containers tightly closed when not in use.
- Brace liquids so they won’t tip while transporting them in your car. Don’t allow chemicals to stay in the car for a long period of time. Make the pool store your last stop. Unpack them as soon as you get home.
- Wear protective equipment (safety glasses, rubber gloves, etc.) as directed on the label of the product.
- Use care when broadcasting powdered products into the pool on windy days to prevent product from getting in eyes or mouth or onto skin.
You should never…
- Mix chemicals of any kind together. An uncontrolled reaction such as fuming, fire or explosion could occur. Always add maintenance products to the pool water separately and in different areas.
- Overdose your pool. Be sure to use the exact amount specified on the label or by your BioGuard® Dealer. Knowing your pool’s exact volume will help prevent over- or under-application.
- Add water to chemicals. Always add the chemical to large amounts of water.
- Inhale fumes or allow products to get in your eyes, nose or mouth. When opening a product, turn your face to one side or point the container away from you. In the event of accidental contact or if product is swallowed, follow emergency advice on the product label and call your doctor and/or your local Poison Control Center. The phone number of the Rocky Mountain Poison Control Center is (877) 800-5553. This is a toll-free number.
- Smoke around chemicals. Some chemical fumes can be highly flammable, and sanitizers or oxidizers can be ignited by a lit cigarette or match.
- Allow children to handle, measure or dispense chemicals.
- Interchange measuring scoops or place wet scoops back into any chemical container.
- Store liquids directly above sanitizers and oxidizers. They may accidentally leak and contaminate other products.
- Store pool sanitizers and oxidizers near metal products like bicycles, lawn mowers, cars, etc., because they may cause rust.
Questions & Answers
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Chemical Levels Table
|Free chlorine residual||1.0 to 3.0 ppm|
|Total Bromine residual||1.0 to 3.0 ppm|
|pH||7.4 to 7.6 is ideal range (7.2 -7.6 is acceptable)|
|Total Alkalinity||125 to 150 ppm|
All other types
|200 to 275 ppm
175 to 225 ppm