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Hot Tub & Portable Spa Safety

Hot Tub Spa & Portable Spa Hot Tub Safety

Hot tubs and spas are considered an excellent alternative to a family swimming pool.

hot tubs can easily fit in a small yard, or in a corner of a property that is unused. Pools generally cost three or four times as much as a complete hot tub or spa, and hot tubs use much less water and electricity, not to mention the fact that most homeowners can install their new hot tub by themselves.

Hot Tubs & Kids

Hot tubs are not recommended for use by children. Because of the high temperatures associated with these hot tubs, children who bathe in hot tubs will be at risk of brain damage. In addition, there are thousands of child injuries and deaths annually as a result of accidental drowning. That said, it is best to avoid letting children use hot tubs and spas unattended. It’s also important to make sure there is a locked cover on the hot tub at all times when it is not in use.

Hot Tubs & Pregnancy

During pregnancy, women are advised to avoid using hot tubs. Bathing in a hot tub can damage the fetus and may result in a miscarriage. Because water temperatures are so high and the stomach is constantly submerged, the baby is exposed to more heat than it can withstand. In order to protect the fetus, pregnant women should not bath in hot tubs with water temperatures higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit at any time during their pregnancy.

Alcohol Hot Tub Risks

Many individuals choose to relax and enjoy an alcoholic beverage in their hot tub. What many people don't know is that consuming alcohol while submerged in a hot tub can be very dangerous. The heat from the hot tub accelerates effects of alcohol and can lead to unconsciousness. It is best to avoid alcohol when using hot tubs.

What's that Rash?

The most common type of rash associated with hot tubs is actually referred to as hot tub rash. This type of rash is also commonly known as dermatitis and is an infection of the skin as a result of a germ called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Dermatitis is often diagnosed by red, itchy bumps which may progress into sore blisters, usually found around hair follicles. Hot tub rash is spread through direct skin contact with contaminated water. To prevent yourself from catching this rash, simply make sure your hot tub has the appropriate level of chemicals to keep the water clean.

Hot Tub Safety

Whether you buy an infinity spa, cal spa, island escapes portable hot tub, sundance hot tub, master spa, vita spa, cal spa, coleman hot tub, marquis spa, dynasty spa, catalina spa, hot springs hot tub, island escape spa, dimension spa, artesian spa, paragon spa, Nordic hot tubs, coast spas, or serenity spa, Keep in mind the following safety precautions and emergency tips at all times:

  • Check with your doctor if you have a medical condition that might be affected by long soaks in a hot tub hot tub or spa.

  • Don't use your hottub if you have skin infections or open sores.

  • Always shower with soap and water before and after entering your hot tub. This gets rid of skin bacteria, deodorants, creams and lotions and keeps your hot tub spa clean.

  • Don't spend more than 15 minutes at a time in hot tubs that are 104F (40C) or higher. Know your own limitations.

  • Don't use your hot tub if you've been drinking. Alcohol expands blood vessels and increases body temperature the same way soaking in hot tubs do. Combining the two can be dangerous.

  • Keep all surfaces around your tub clear from clutter. Make certain no electrical appliances or cords are within reach.

  • Use mats that provide excellent traction to avoid slipping near the hot tub. If the hot tubs indoors, make certain your ceiling can support high levels of moisture and heat as steam rises and may damage plaster or tiles.

  • For outdoor hot tubs, be prepared for seasonal changes. Snow can quickly become thick and dangerous ice on paths to a hot tub spa, or steam room.

  • Make sure all gates or doors leading to hot tubs or steam baths are locked and carefully secure. Latches should be well out of children's reach.

  • Never leave children unattended hot tubs. Cover hot tub safely and securely so that children cannot enter.

  • Have an Emergency procedure posted with a first aid kit nearby and have all guests familiar with procedures and regulations should anything happen in your hot tub.