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Product Safety

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,  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.
  • Keep all spills away from lawns and landscaping to avoid damage.
  • Store chemical products safely and out of the reach of small children.
  • Keep your 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 spa on windy days to prevent product from getting in eyes or mouth or onto skin.
  • Dispose of all chemicals according to label directions.
  • Add maintenance products to the pool water separately and in different areas.
  • Turn your face to one side or point the container away from you when opening product.


You should never:

  • Never add water to chemicals. Always add the chemical to large amounts of water.
  • Never use a vacuum cleaner to clean spills.
  • Never throw chemicals in the trash or put spilled material back into the original container.
  • Never store liquids directly above sanitizers and oxidizers as they may leak and contaminate other products. Never store sanitizers and oxidizers near metal products, such as bicycles, lawn mowers or cars because they may cause rust.
  • Never mix chemicals of any kind together. An uncontrolled reaction such as fuming, fire or explosion could occur.
  • Never mix two chlorine products from different containers together regardless of their similarities. All chlorine is not the same.
  • Never overdose your pool or spa. Be sure to use the exact amount specified on the label or by your BioGuard® Dealer. Knowing your pool or spa's exact volume will help prevent over-or under-application.
  • Never inhale fumes or allow products to get in your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Never smoke around chemicals. Some chemical fumes can be highly flammable, and sanitizers or oxidizers can be ignited by a lit cigarette or match.
  • Never allow children to handle, measure or dispense chemicals.
  • Never interchange measuring scoops or place wet scoops back into any chemical container.
  • Never leave large, open containers in areas where children play. Such containers often collect water and present a potential drowning hazard.