While there are many opportunities to participate in safety for pools, not much is talked about for hot tubs. We believe safety should include hot tub/spas as well. Hot tubs are a great, low maintenance way to relax, exercise, or spend time with family and friends. When soaking in your hot tub, there are certain safety precautions you must consider.
Please find below a few essential hot tub safety tips to ensure you and your family have the safest, most rewarding experience possible.
*Don’t Let Children Use The Hot Tub Unattended.
Accidents can happen to even the strongest young swimmers. When children are using the hot tub, ensure there is always a supervising adult nearby. Designate an official water watcher.
Furthermore, this adult shouldn’t be reading, texting or playing games. Adults can take turns in this role to ensure everyone has a chance to kick back and relax as well. Don’t assume someone is watching! Even if a lifeguard is present.
Parents should know how to perform CPR and have a phone nearby in case of emergencies. Children can drown in only a few inches of water, so it’s important to take this safety tip seriously.
*Recognize Overheating Symptoms
Certainly, overheating can happen to ANYONE. Here are a few signs to watch out for:
1) Nausea: Hanging out in the hot tub for extended periods of time can cause mild to severe nausea, especially if you’ve had a large meal beforehand.
2) Dizziness: Hot water can sometimes cause light-headedness and dizziness. If you start to feel woozy, get out of the hot tub immediately and re-adjust to the external temperature.
3) Use an UMBRELLA or some kind of shade. Just like a pool, hot tub water can attract the intense rays of the sun. You should protect your eyes and skin from the sun’s extreme rays. Using a hat and glasses while in the hot tub can help.
*No Horseplay In The Hot Tub
Although playing around in a hot tub the size of your bed may not seem like a big deal, goofing around in ANY body of water, no matter how miniature, can be dangerous. As a result, it takes less than a second to trip, slip or fall and bump your head.
*Consider the Weather Conditions
In many areas, weather can change in a second. Consequently, refrain from using your hot tub in extreme conditions, like hail, blizzards, or thunderstorms. Not only do you risk getting hurt, you risk damaging your hot tub and contaminating the water.
*Avoid Electrical Devices
Most noteworthy, electrical devices like stereos or TV’s in or around the hot tub should be avoided at all costs. There are waterproof pouches or dry bags for phones and other electronics that are transparent and allow you to operate your devices; DO NOT plug the device into an outlet while in the hot tub! All it takes is a splash to cause an electrical hazard.
Finally, a hot tub is a GREAT INVESTMENT for you and your family! It will provide wonderful memories and times for years to come. For a positive hot tub experience, ensure you follow proper safely protocol.
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