Hot tub safety starts with common sense. First, whenever there is water accidents can happen, such as slipping or electrocution. Hot tubs are meant for relaxation, not jumping, splashing or underwater play. Always teach kids and remind adults to slow down and walk carefully around a hot tub. Never use electrical equipment near or in a hot tub.
Next, watch your young children carefully. Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds in hot tubs. Be sure to keep your hair, necklaces, laces, ties and any other items away from the powerful suction of a drain.
Use the buddy system for hot tub safety – – that is, make sure you have a buddy (adult) with you while enjoying a dip in the hot tub.
Hot tub safety also includes consideration of heat. Prolonged use in a hot tub at temperatures above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) can be a safety concern as well. Most public places that allow hot tubs recommend only 15 minutes of exposure and many do not allow children.
Most health professionals do not recommend that pregnant women or person’s with diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease use a hot tub; however, you should consult with your physician to see if there are alternatives or modifications available. One such modification would be lowering the temperature of the water in the hot tub.
Remember to purchase and keep a high quality, durable hot tub cover over your hot tub. This will help prevent leaves, dirt, and debris from entering your hot tub. It will also, help keep animals, pets, and children out. If you need a hot tub cover, click here. If you have trouble lifting or removing a hot tub cover, hot tub lifters are available. Visit our directory to learn more or find a vendor who sells them.