Tips for Hot Tub Safety

While hot tubs offer a wide range of recreational, relaxation, and health benefits, they are not without serious risks. Taking proper precautions with your hot tub will keep you, your children, and your guests safe and healthy. Below are a few things you can do to stay safe around your hot tub.

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Maintain a Clean Environment:

  • Check regularly to be sure the sanitizer and pH levels are where they should be.
  • Encourage all users to shower with soap before entering the spa.
  • Persons suffering from diarrhea should not enter the hot tub.

Keep a Safe Temperature:

  • Use a floating thermometer and check the temperature before you enter the hot tub every time.
  • The temperature should be no higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit for healthy adults, and no more than 95 for kids.
  • Safe soaking time at the maximum temperature is about 15 minutes. Soaking longer than that can raise your body temperature to dangerously high levels.

Don’t use Drugs or Alcohol:

  • Hot water can amplify the effects of alcohol and other drugs. Refrain from drinking while using a hot tub, and stay out of the spa while taking medications that cause drowsiness or dizziness.

Keep Kids Safe:

  • Always keep a locking cover on the hot tub when not in use.
  • Do not allow unsupervised children in or near the spa at any time.
  • Infants and very young children must never enter the hot tub.
  • Children who are not tall enough to stand on the bottom of the spa with their heads completely above the waterline are not permitted in the water.

Reduce Drowning Risks:

  • Keep long hair in a ponytail or pinned on top of the head to prevent entanglement in drains.
  • Never allow anyone to put their head below the surface of the water.
  • Loud noises and playful screams should not be used around the hot tub, as they may mask sounds of an actual emergency.

Keep Your Health in Mind:

  • Pregnant women should not use the hot tub without checking with their doctor.
  • People with heart disease must check with their doctor before entering the hot tub.

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