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Test swimming pool and spa water daily to keep bathers safe
What you should do
Testing pool and spa water:
- Always maintain the proper water balance in all types of pools and spas.
- Test your water balance daily for sanitizer levels, pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness using a good quality test kit from a store that sells pool and spa equipment. You can also bring a water sample to a pool and spa dealer for testing.
- Control algae levels. Algae can make pool and spa surfaces slippery, and can reduce the effectiveness of sanitizers.
Cleaning products and devices:
- All pool and spa products (chemicals and devices) used to control microorganisms and algae must be registered or scheduled under the Pest Control Products Act. Make sure the product label has a pest control product (PCP) registration number, for example:
- Reg. No. 00000 P.C.P. Act
- Registration No. 00000 Pest Control Products Act, or indicates, “Scheduled under the Pest Control Products Act”.
You can also search Health Canada’s label database, online or with your mobile app, for the most recent product information.
- Follow the label directions when using swimming pool and spa chemicals. The label tells you how much of the product to use and how to handle the product safely, including the use of proper protective equipment.
- Swimming pool and spa devices that generate or dispense a sanitizer have detailed instructions in the user’s manual, on the package and on the device itself. Always read the label and the user’s manual before installing and using a device.
- Pool and spa chemicals should be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place, away from sunlight, and flammable materials, such as gasoline and fertilizers.
- Keep all pool and spa chemicals away from children and pets to prevent accidental exposure.