Be Mindful Of Safety While Performing Pool Maintenance

Be Mindful Of Safety While Performing Pool Maintenance


From Gretas Day

Swimming pool maintenance is a necessary evil for most homeowners.  They know the swimming pool must be kept clean and safe, so most hire professsional pool maintenance companies to keep the pool so.  The reason that many homeowners leave these tasks to professionals is that there are many safety hazards present while performing swimming pool maintenance.  This post from Gretas Day gives a great guide to maintaining a safe environment around a swimming pool for those intrepid homeowners that want to perform their own maintenance.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

My husband Ed laughs when someone asks him if I’m detail oriented. I tend to be a spreadsheet type person – I like to do things in a regular order. It just makes life easier. Ed is the other way – he picks up after himself if he happens to think of it. So we work better if we set up a schedule for swimming pool maintenance. Here are 5 tips we have found helpful:

1) When the kids aren’t home. During swimming pool maintenance, Ed is handling chemicals that can be harmful before they’re diluted for use in the pool. They might contain up from twelve to ninety five percent chlorine. If the fumes from that are inhaled, or if some flies into the air, it could be a real danger. So we plan our maintenance schedule for a time when the kids are at soccer practice or some other activity. That way we do not have to watch out for the children while we’re trying to safely handle pool chemicals.

2) Have someone watch the process. Ed mixes the chemicals, and I watch him to make sure he doesn’t get hurt. If he’s got a bag of chemicals open, I watch to make sure there are no spills that he might accidentally be exposed to. I also watch to make sure he mixes in the proper proportions. One time he was about to put in way too much chlorine, and he was really grateful that I noticed and stopped him. A second set of eyes watching during the mixing of chemicals never hurts.

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