Like household cleaners and solvents, pool and spa chemicals can be dangerous if handled improperly. They can irritate skin, damage eyes, or even start a fire if stored improperly. Follow these guidelines whenever handling pool and spa chemicals.

Store sanitizers in a cool, dry place away from other chemicals, out of direct sunlight, and out of the reach of children.

Do not store liquid chemicals, including garden fertilizers and insecticides, where they could possibly drip and cause a dangerous chemical reaction.

Wear safety goggles and rubber gloves when mixing and dispensing chemicals.

Never mix different types of products together.

If mixing with water is required, never add water to the chemicals. Rather, add chemicals to water to eliminate harmful splashing and gassing.

Use clean, dry plastic cups or scoops for measuring specific products. Never put wet measuring scoops back in a container.

Do not inhale fumes or allow products to contact eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when dispensing any spa or pool chemical.

Read the first-aid instructions given on each product’s label before using it. Have emergency medical and poison-control-center phone numbers handy at all times.

Do not smoke when using products.

Keep products away from lawns and landscaping.

If a chemical spill occurs, follow the cleanup instructions given on the product label.