Hot tubs in Vancouver can be challenging to maintain. There is a lot of rain to contend with, which can unbalance your water. This means you may be working with chemicals more often. No matter how often you dealing with chemicals though, it is important to stay safe. Here are some “dos” and “don’ts” to help you do that. 

 

Dos for hot tubs in Vancouver 

 

  • Work with the proper chemicals for your spa
  • Read and follow all instructions 
  • Properly store all chemicals away from children and pets 
  • Keep chemicals in cool, dry, dark places in their original containers 
  • Keep the chemical storage area neat and tidy 
  • Ensure all chemicals are closed when not in use
  • Store and use chemicals in well-ventilated areas
  • Use separate, clean measures cups and scoops for each type of chemical
  • Wear safety gear while working with chemicals 
  • Use chemicals in your spa 
  • Test water daily to ensure sanitizer levels, pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness are balanced 
  • Shock the water from time to time 
  • Know the weather factors that affect hot tubs in Vancouver 
  • Maintain a proper balance of copper-based algaecide to prevent stains on the surface of your spa
  • Keep chemicals far from food and food surfaces
  • Wash hands thoroughly after handling hot tub chemicals
  • Seek immediate medical attention in the case of poisoning or injury
  • Properly dispose of pool chemicals at designated household hazardous waste disposal sites

 

Don’ts for hot tubs in Vancouver 

 

  • Add water or other liquids to chemicals (unless the directions say to do so) 
  • Store chemicals around liquids 
  • Mix chemicals (unless the instructions say so) 
  • Use chemicals without labels 
  • Use spilt chemicals 
  • Put spilt chemicals back into their containers
  • Reuse chemical containers 
  • Touch undiluted chemicals 
  • Drink, smoke, or eat while working with chemicals
  • Have heat or flame around chemicals for hot tubs in Vancouver 
  • Stack containers with chemicals in them 
  • Store chemicals above head height 
  • Store pool chemicals near other hazardous household products 
  • Store oxidizers and acids close to one another 
  • Improperly dispose of chemicals 
  • Use a “dry chemical” fire extinguisher in the event of an emergency 

Sources: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety  The Government of Canada

If you are ever unsure of an element of chemical safety, make sure you consult with your professional hot tub company or another expert. 

Chemicals are not just used for hot tubs in Vancouver. If you have a swimming pool as well, make sure you read up on proper chemical storage and use for pool water too.