Hot tubs are a fantastic way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day, and they can lead to improved health and well-being. However, where there is water, there is the potential for accidents to happen. Preventing these accidents simply requires a little attention and the implementation of a couple of useful safety tools. Hot tub safety is simply a matter of common sense; as with any body of water, precautions must be taken in order to avoid accidents.
Remember that hot tubs are for relaxing – not for jumping, splashing, frolicking, or underwater play. This point is especially important for children who may want to jump in and swim underwater. Make sure that all children remain supervised during hot tub use, and that they understand the safety guidelines.
Below are some useful tips and guidelines to follow to minimize risks:
1. Locked Spa Cover:
Tarps and soft spa covers can easily be removed by small children, leaving the hot tub exposed to the elements and the kids susceptible to accidents and falling in. Purchase a hot tub cover that locks in place, ensuring the safety of all family members, and protection of your spa.
2. Spa steps:
For younger children and older family members, accessing a hot tub can be difficult – stepping up to the hot tub’s edge and down into the tub require strenuous movement for those with impaired mobility. For young children, the steps down into the hot tub may be too tall. To avoid such issues – install sturdy spa steps by the hot tub to facilitate access to the hot tub.
Just like being outside on a hot summer day, hot tub temperatures are extremely high so keeping the body hydrated is a must. Remember to drink water regularly even if you do not feel particularly thirsty, as heat exhaustion and overheating can creep up unannounced.
4. Length of time:
Hot tub temperatures usually hover around the low 100s – a high temperature for the human body to withstand for an extended duration. If you wish to use the hot tub for over half an hour, be sure to take regular 10+ minute breaks to drink water and cool off. At the first sign of overheating (nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth) exit the hot tub, allow the body to cool off and drink water. The body cannot take the immersion in hot water for more than about 20-30 minutes at a time.
5. Tie hair back:
Be sure to tie back long hair to keep it from becoming tangled or sucked into the hot tub jets.
6. Avoid slipping:
Wet flooring can result in slips and falls when people try to exit the hot tub. To minimize this risk, implement non-slip rubber mats and spa hand rails so that people may steady and support themselves as they step out of the hot tub.
In general, the use of hot tubs is beneficial and can lead to reduced stress, improved circulation and much more as long as they are used correctly. If you exceed the recommended temperature or time of use, the results can be dangerous for your health. As with most things, moderation is key. Pay attention to how you feel and exit at the first sign of dizziness. Be sure to talk to a doctor if you have small children, are pregnant, or have a health condition to make sure it is safe to use a spa.
Ensuring the safety of all hot tub users and family members is quick and easy and will guarantee a lifetime of fun for everyone!
Ashley Olson, Hot Tub Warehouse. Hot Tub Warehouse is a supplier of quality hot tub parts and accessories, including fitted spa covers and hot tub covers. For a wide selection of hot tub chemicals, testing supplies, filters and more, please visit Hot Tub Warehouse.