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    REMINDER...Do Not Mix Chemicals

    Unfortunately, I was recently able to witness the effects of mixing pool chemicals together. I responded to a call for help that was caused by mixing Calcium Hypoclorite (Cal Hypo) and Black Algaecide- Trichloroisocyanuric Acid(Trichlor?) together. I do not know if water was introduced to the two powders that were mixed together in a bucket. My guess is that the powders were mixed dry, and then water was added to them. The result was explosive.

    The person who mixed them had chemical burns on his face, chest, eyes and inhalation injuries to his lungs. He was transported to a local emergency room and that is all I know of his condition.

    This is just a reminder to be careful with your pool chemicals. Never mix with other chemicals, unless the label directs you to do so. I don't know if that is ever necessary. Anyway, read the label carefully and wear eye protection.

    It is easy to become complacent when you get used to using chemicals. I always knew that the chemicals are hazardous, but it is different to actually see the results first hand. I just wanted to pass along the safety reminder. Hopefully it might save someone on the forum from experiencing their own "first hand experience".
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    Re: REMINDER...Do Not Mix Chemicals

    Results can be very nasty. Thanks for the reminder to everyone.
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    Re: REMINDER...Do Not Mix Chemicals

    An example of what happens when Trichlor is mixed with Cal-Hypo is shown in this video.
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    Re: REMINDER...Do Not Mix Chemicals

    Quote Originally Posted by chem geek
    An example of what happens when Trichlor is mixed with Cal-Hypo is shown in this video.

    Thanks for the video. I showed it to the guys at work.
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    Re: REMINDER...Do Not Mix Chemicals

    WOW.
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    Re: REMINDER...Do Not Mix Chemicals

    Is this info in a sticky somewhere? Anyone else besides me think it should be if it isn't? I know I've read this before, but that video really drove the point home.

    (I just have the "new posts" link bookmarked, sorry if I've missed a sticky)
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    Re: REMINDER...Do Not Mix Chemicals

    ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS add the chemical to water............ NEVER add water to the chemical.
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