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How to stay safe when dealing with pool chemicals

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to summer which means many people are getting their pools ready for the upcoming warm weather.

When pool chemicals are mixed incorrectly, it can be dangerous. 

Memorial Day weekend is the time to stock up on pool supplies, and some folks might try to get out the easy way by using leftover chemicals from last year.
 
"Customers are purchasing shock, different types of shock that do not mix well together and the reaction can be instantaneous," said Glenn Swiatlowski. 
 
Over the weekend, one Chicopee woman mixed her pool chemicals wrong which caused a reaction and sent the fire department to vent the house for safety.
 
Last week in Longmeadow, pool chemicals spilled at Bliss Park and a Hazmat team had to be called in to help clean it up.
 
 Fire officials and pool experts alike say the best thing to do is to read directions to prevent a situation like those in Chicopee and Longmeadow.

"Anytime you buy a pool chemical it will tell you the hazards, read those and abide by them," said West Springfield Fire Lt. Andrew Lyne. 
 
Those directions are not suggestions as the consequences can be dangerous.
 
"You have to read the ingredients because if you put two different types of ingredients in one bucket, it goes boom," said Swiatlowski.

 If you are still worried about how to get the pool going the safe way, even after reading the directions, it's always best to ask for help.

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