5,000 injured each year in pool chemical incidents

Things to keep in mind before putting chemicals in your pool

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – With the weather getting warmer and summer arriving Saturday, many people have already opened up their pools. But there are some very important things you need to know when handling pool chemicals.

Every year, more than 5,000 people nationwide are sent to the hospital with pool chemical-related injuries.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says that pool owners should have a pool chemical safety plan. He says it’s important to keep pool chemicals dry. Also, pool chemicals should be stored in separate containers in a locked shed, away from the house and pool.

Scott Howell, Service Manager at Drewnowski Pools in Agawam, told 22News that it is important you don’t store chemicals outdoors.

“You don’t want to store it outside, because once chlorine hits water it activates, so if it’s not in the pool and activating that’s not safe. But, if you keep it in a cool, dry place, you’re fine.

It is also very important that you properly dispose of pool chemicals. Never dispose of pool chemicals in the trash or down the drain.

For a list of pool safety tips, click here.

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