You may be wondering how safe it would be for you and your family to have a Hot Tub before you commit to purchasing one. While there have been rare occasions where someone has been injured, most injuries can be avoided by following these simple hot tub safety tips.
Never Leave Children Unattended
Children need to be supervised by an adult when using a hot tub. A child’s skin is more sensitive than adults, and children are more prone to overheating. The water temperature should be less than 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If you prefer to have your hot tub at a higher temperature, you will need to make sure that you leave enough time for it to cool before letting children use it. If you are bringing an infant, or a child under 5 uses a hot tub, you should consult your pediatrician for advice first.
You should never bring any kind of electrical device near your hot tub. Even if the device, such as a stereo, is left on the deck, or near the tub, the water can splash and is then a potential electrocution hazard. If you do want to play music while using the hot tub, you should consider battery operated units or waterproof Bluetooth speakers.
A patio deck can become slippery with water, especially if you’ve just left your hot tub, with wet feet. You should consider installing non-slip spa steps, which would make it easier and safer to get in and out of the tub. You should also think about installing a hand-railing for extra support. As bathers will be barefoot on the patio area, you should regularly for wood splinters, and treat the wood with a waterproof sealant. You may also want to place non-slip mats around the hot tub area.
Soaking in the hot tub for extended periods of time can be a potential health risk, and it can be hard on your joints and limbs. There are a few things to consider when you determine how long you should soak in your hot tub. You will need to consider the outside temperature, and your overall health. If you enjoy long periods in the tub, you should lower the water temperature by a few degrees, as it can help to prevent overheating and increase the time you can stay per session.
You should look out for signs that you are overheating, and that you may have been in the hot tub for too long, such as:
- Red Skin – You might notice that your skin becomes red, and feels similar to sunburn if you’ve spent too long in the hot tub. You may notice this quicker, or more severely if you have sensitive skin.
- Nausea – You may feel some nausea if you’ve spent too long in the hot tub. Users who have eaten a large meal may be particularly affected.
- Dizziness – If you begin to experience any dizziness or lightheadedness, you need to carefully get out of the hot tub, and allow your body to adjust to the temperature.
Some hot tubs can seem to be quite deep, and some people, especially children may think that they can dive, or cannonball into them. You need to make sure that you set very clear ground rules that this is absolutely not allowed.
Alcohol And Prescriptions
The temperature of a hot tub can increase the effects of alcohol, or some prescription medications. You should limit how many alcoholic drinks you have while using the hot tub. If you are on prescription medications, you should consult your doctor to ensure that it is safe for you to use the hot tub.
Soaking in a hot tub can be very relaxing, but you do need to mix enjoyment with proper safety.
About the Author
Scott Bland has been in the leisure industry for nearly 20 years. As a sales manager in the leisure industry he knows hot tubs inside and out. Right now, he works sales while writing about consumer goods on the side. If you want to contact him, you can do so at his LinkedIn.