Owning a hot tub is a rewarding experience. Whether it is for therapeutic purposes, for family gatherings, or a way to escape from the world; there is one thing no spa owner should be without: proper hot tub safety. With a little information and common sense, you can enjoy your spa worry free. Here are a few tips on practicing proper hot tub safety.
Alcohol and Spas Don’t Mix: Hot water amplifies the effects of alcohol. Instead, enjoy a non- alcoholic beverage during your soak.
Maintain Water and PH Balance: Poorly cared for pools and spas can become a mating ground for bacteria. Avoid this issue with regular upkeep and chemical care.
Water Temperature: Soaking in hot water for a long period of time can raise your body temperature to dangerous levels. The maximum recommended temperature is 102 degrees.
Don’t get Zapped: Never operate any electrical devices while using a spa. Keep electrical outlets, devices, and wires are located a safe distance away from your hot tub.
Lock it Up: Use a spa cover that features safety locks when your hot tub is not in use. Also, check that your tie down straps are tight and secure.
Pregnancy: Pregnant women should not use a hot tub without consulting their doctor first.
Slippery When Wet: Consider investing in safety rails and steps to avoid injury when exiting and entering a hot tub.
DON’T LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED: An adult should always be present when children are using a pool or spa. Leaving a child unattended is major drowning hazard.
Read the Manual and Instructions Before Your First Use: Don’t just assume you’re doing everything right. Make time to read the material that came with your spa. If you have any questions, contact the manufacturer or their technical support department.
As a hot tub owner, safety comes first. Avoid getting yourself into a pickle by taking the proper safety precautions. Remember: it is better to be safe than sorry!
If you would like to learn more about hot tub safety, go to: www.nsf.org