Swimming Pool Health Safety
General Issues for Consideration
- 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 temperature 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.
Safety Guide 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.