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How to Properly Store Pool Chemicals

Pool ownership is a responsibility. Maintaining safety for yourself and guests should be the top priority for any pool owner.
Accidents can happen, but by properly storing pool chemicals, safety can be maintained and the likelihood of an adverse event can be prevented.
Anthony & Sylvan is America’s premier pool builder, and we’re dedicated to ensuring the safety of our customers. Read on to learn about how to properly store pool chemicals.

Storing Pool Chemicals Safely

The Centers for Disease Control suggests the following practices when storing pool chemicals:
• Wear appropriate safety equipment (goggles, gloves, mask)
• Separate incompatible chemicals
• Lock chemicals up to protect people and animals
• Keep chemicals dry and do not mix different chemicals
• Keep chemicals cool in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight
• Keep chemicals closed in original, labeled container
• Follow product label directions for safe disposal; never reuse containers

Store Different Chemicals Away from Each Other

Chemical reactions can be dangerous. Chlorine should never be mixed with an acid. Liquids should not be stored above powders as they could leak and cause a reaction.

Keep Out of Reach of Children and Pets

Make sure all chemicals are locked away from the prying hands of children and pets. Chemicals are toxins and can cause poisoning, blindness, burns, or inhalation injuries if they find their way into the wrong hands.

Store in a Cool, Dry Place

Avoid temperature extremes. If the temperature gets too hot, chemicals may expand and cause the container to leak. Chemicals that get too cold can often separate and become less effective.

Store in a Well-Ventilated Area

Chemicals need to be in a well-ventilated area to avoid any toxic vapors, fumes, or dust.

Store Chemicals in Original Container

Using the original container can prevent chemical reactions, combustion, rusting, or leaking.

Make Sure All Lids are Sealed

By having a tight, sealed lid on a container, spills are less likely to happen. Water can cause a chemical reaction, so a sealed lid prevents condensation or dampness from entering the container.

Additional Tips


• Follow your local and state fire codes
• Wash your hands thoroughly after handling any chemical
• Store away from doors or windows
• Check storage area frequently for any water leakage
• Dedicate separate storage areas for different chemicals
• Consult the manufacturer if the container is damaged
• Keep storage area free of clutter


• Store directly on the ground
• Stack chemicals on top of each other
• Store with incompatible or flammable materials
• Store near any ignition sources
• Smoke around the chemicals or storage area

Buy your Pool Chemicals from Anthony & Sylvan Today

For more safety guidelines, be sure to visit your local Anthony & Sylvan Pool Supply store. And remember to visit our online pool supply store to purchase your pool chemicals directly from Anthony & Sylvan Pools.