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Wilton Fire Department Reminds Residents Of Pool Chemical Safety Rules

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WILTON, Conn. - Pool season is just around the corner, and the Wilton Fire Department offers the following tips so residents may enjoy it safely.

Pool chemicals can combust spontaneously if contaminated by other chemicals, such as gasoline, alcohol, and oil, the fire department said in a statement. This type of fire will result in toxic fumes that can be extremely dangerous. Always store and use pool chemicals according to manufacturer's recommendations. Never store them inside the home or with other household or lawn and garden substances. If a container is punctured or otherwise damaged, dispose of the chemicals properly and replace them.

When transporting chemicals:

• Keep your vehicle clean and organized.

• Separate incompatible chemicals, distribute between front seat, back seat and / or trunk.

• Don't purchase or carry damaged containers.

• Anchor your load securely, so that it won't move around.

When storing pool chemicals:

• Store chemicals in a cool, dry, well ventilated area, with a locked entry. Do not set outside in the sun.

• Keep out of reach of children.

• Keep pool and spa chemicals separate from other chemicals.

• Never, ever mix any chemicals together.

• Do not stack chemical containers on top of one another.

• Replace lids and caps firmly and immediately after opening.

When using pool chemicals:

• Follow label directions carefully. Read the instructions.

• Add chemicals to pool water, not the other way around. Chemicals should be added directly to the pool, or through a feeder especially designed for that type of chemical. If the instructions suggest diluting with water first, use a clean, oversized bucket with water in it, then add chemicals to the water in the bucket.

• Wear safety gear when handling chemicals. This may include a breathing respirator to prevent inhalation of fumes, face shield, gloves and apron.

• Do Not mix chemicals. This includes direct mixing of full strength chemicals in a bucket, diluted concentrations and even adding chemicals to the same location in the pool. Always use a clean bucket and scoop, designated only for that chemical.

For more information or any questions please contact the Wilton Fire Department at 203-834-6249.

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