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Swimming Pool Chemicals, Algicides:

bottle of liquid algicide

What is it?

Have you seen algae growing in ponds or lakes? It usually looks like a green scum on the surface of the water. Did you know that green, mustard (yellow or light brown) and black (blue-green) algae can grow in your swimming pool? YUK!

If algae is in the pool, the water first starts to look cloudy. Then in a few days it can start to turn a color like green or the color of mustard. If it gets really bad, the whole pool can have green or yellow/brown colored water in it! This can happen if the chemicals in your pool's water are not in the right amount or "balanced" to keep algae from starting to grow. How do you get rid of the algae and make your pool clean again? Along with using other chemicals to treat the water an algicide is added. Algicides are pesticides to kill algae. They come in a liquid. Algicides are usually added to your pool several times over the summer by your parents to prevent algae from growing. Remind your parents to always "Read the Label First" to know how to properly use these products and for safety information.

What's in it?

The pesticidal ingredients commonly found in algicides for swimming pools chemicals are alkyl ammonium chlorides.

What health and safety things do you need to think about with swimming pool chemicals?

Generally pool chemicals in their containers come in a very strong concentration. They are meant to be diluted with water. Lots of water. Because these chemicals are so strong only your parents should add them to the pool. Coming in contact with these chemicals can be harmful. How badly you could get hurt depends on your exposure to them. As a general rule, if you get any chemicals on your skin or in your eyes, wash it off with lots of water right away.

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