Hot Tub Safety Guidelines
The following tips are from the webpages of the Spa Depot.com
As all hot water devotees know, one of life's finest pleasures is lounging in a bubbling hot tub or spa. Worries cares seem to melt away, and we emerge feeling truly revitalized. A safe and healthy experience requires a regard for basic safety, and a dose of common sense.
Please: No jumping, underwater swimming, or diving. Hair can be drawn into drains by the strong suction of pump motors and this poses a real risk of drowning. For your safety, do not bring any glass products near or in the hot tub!
- Pregnant women should not enter a hot tub or spa without first consulting with their physician and following the doctor's advice.
- It is always wiser (and a lot more fun, we might add!) for adults to soak together. With two or more persons in the spa or hot tub, someone will be there to help if the other tubber has a problem.
- Soaking for too long in elevated water temperatures can raise body heat to hazardous levels. The National Spa and Pool Institute considers 104 F to be the maximum safe water temperature for adults. A safe soaking time should not exceed 15 minutes. Some medical authorities have recommended a lower maximum temperature of 100 to 102 F. They advise that since infants and children are more sensitive to heat, they should be exposed to water of not more than 95 F, for no more than 10 minutes. Consult with your family doctor.
- Children and infants should be introduced into the hot tub or spa slowly to give them time to adjust to the change in temperature and to alleviate fear or discomfort. NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES leave children unattended in a hot tub or spa. Even a shallow one poses a drowning hazard and even a few moments alone is too long. Better safe than sorry is a good rule to tub by!
- Persons with heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, or any other serious illness should not enter a spa or hot tub without first consulting with, and obtaining the advice of a physician.
- Alcohol and drugs are unsafe when using a hot tub or spa. Hot water amplifies the effect of these substances, and the result can be dangerous. Consult your doctor regarding the use of prescription drugs with tubbing. Many people prefer the enjoyment of a chilled soft drink, juice or mineral water while tubbing.
- Persons with external infections, wounds or cuts should avoid the hot tub or spa until they have healed, because the hot water can carry and infection to others, or cause a new infection.