There’s nothing like a soak in a hot tub to relax, relieve stress and ease aches and pains. Use of a hot tub offers many health and wellness benefits provided you follow the guidelines for ensuring safety for yourself, your family and your guests. The following are some safety tips that every hot tub owner should know.
- Keep the water properly sanitized to prevent the spread of disease. Check the sanitization level.Service filters and pumping systems on a regular basis.
- If you have an infection, illness or an open wound, wait until you are symptom-free for 48 hours before using the hot tub.
- Store spa chemicals in a locked location or out of the reach of children.
- The temperature of your hot tub should never exceed 40°C / 104°F.
- Pregnant women should consult their physician before using a hot tub and limit their time in the spa to no more than 15 minutes, at a temperature no higher than 38.9°C /102°F.
- Leave the hot tub immediately if you feel dizzy, faint, sleepy, have a rapid pulse, irregular heartbeat, stomach pain, and/or tingling in your hands and feet.
- Individuals with a heart condition, high blood pressure, or other serious medical condition should not enter a spa without a doctor’s OK.
- Do not exceed the maximum number of bathers your spa is designed for.
- Cover and lock your hot tub when it’s not in use.
- Children should not be allowed in a hot tub until they can stand on the bottom and have their head remain completely out of the water.
- Supervise children when they are in the hot tub and restrict their soak time to no more than 15 minutes at a temperature no higher than 98 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remind children to stay away from the drain so that their hair, bathing suit and/or jewelry do not become entangled in the drain cover.
- Use skid-resistant surfaces in the walkways and perimeter of the hot tub, and avoid splashing as this can make nearby decks or patios slippery. Slip-proof steps and textured surfaces make it easier to maintain your footing.
- Consider installing a handrail for safe entrance and exit from the spa.
- Avoid using the hot tub when taking medication that may cause drowsiness as the hot water can heighten the effect.
- Stay hydrated by drinking fresh water while soaking. Avoid alcohol as it can dehydrate you.
A little knowledge and some preventative measures will keep you, your family and friends healthy and safe when enjoying your hot tub.
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