Being able to regularly enjoy an extended period of relaxation in a hot tub is a privilege. Unfortunately, having your own hot tub can come with a number of health risk that you should be acutely aware of if you want to make sure everyone using it has a fun, but safe, experience.
Hot tub safety is often underrated, but even an accumulation of water as relatively minimal as is contained in your typical hot tub can come with a number of potential risks. If you’ve just bought a new hot tub, or you’re on the lookout for your next tub, here are a few tips that will help you make your hot tub a safe zone:
Establish House Rules
For many, clearly defining a set of rules that all frequent users can agree upon helps to ensure everyone’s safety when using the hot tub. Once you’ve had your tub for some time, it’s especially important to be diligent with communicating your guidelines to first-time users.
Even something as simple as establishing a precedent that keeps glass away from your hot tub area can go a long ways towards ensuring the safety of all users. Asking guests to shower before they use the hot tub may seem overbearing, but it is widely considered to be proper ‘hot tub etiquette’, and it will also help you keep your hot tub as clean as possible in the long term.
Be Aware of Existing Medical Conditions
While regular soaks in the hot tub can be beneficial for many health conditions, some people’s conditions or illnesses may actually become worse if they are exposed to the conditions of a hot tub. The relatively high temperature of the water can cause dehydration if users aren’t properly hydrated.
Those who suffer diabetes or have issues with blood pressure may consider thinking twice about using their neighbor’s hot tub, and any new users that are taking medications that cause drowsiness should be properly warned about the possible adverse effects of taking a dip in a hot tub when taking their prescribed medication.
Pay Attention to Nearby Sources of Electricity
It should be quite obvious that it can be hazardous to leave electrical appliances near your hot tub. You should also avoid keeping extension cords anywhere close to your hot tub area. If you do have any appliances near the tub, such as a radio or speaker, make sure they are battery-powered.
You may also want to be aware of weather-related dangers if your hot tub is outside and uncovered. Staying in your hot tub during a thunderstorm can put you at severe risk of electrocution if a lightning strike occurs.
Plan for Proper Ventilation
For indoor hot tubs, proper air ventilation is mandatory. Installing a few easy-to-open windows along with a couple strategic vents will help you keep your indoor hot tub room full of fresh air. When neglected, harmful, bacteria-laden vapors can fill up the enclosed air space and lead to a condition known as ‘hot tub lung’.
Set an Acceptable Water Temperature
Every hot tub owner will eventually hone in on their desired temperature for their tub. Typically, most spas are never set about 104° F, or 40° C. A number of factors can affect what the best temperature is for you, but individuals with existing health conditions should be sure to consult with their physician regarding the optimal temperature for their hot tub.
Safety should be a high priority when it comes to your hot tub. Especially if you’re a first-time hot tub buyer, knowing how to keep your hot tub a safe zone is vital. If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your hot tub area safe, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-403-203-0860 today!