The idea of needing to be safe while relaxing in a hot tub may initially seem silly, but a little care and caution is mandatory. It can actually be quite easy for a hot tub to become the site of unfortunate accidents. Whether you own a small tub or a large multi-person tub, following a few simple tips can keep everyone safe.
Safety Tip 1 – Supervise Hot Tub Use
Anyone using a hot tub should be supervised, and not just children; adults can inadvertently come to harm while soaking. Children should be directly supervised at all times and if you can't soak with a buddy, at least make sure another adult knows where you are and when you got into the tub. Groups of teenagers and the elderly also require a cautious eye to prevent mishaps due to carelessness or health.
Safety Tip 2 – Limit or Ban Drinking
Drink responsibly (or not at all) while using your hot tub! The hot water can cause lightheadedness or dizziness. Combine that with alcohol and you have a recipe for a terrible accident. Inebriated tub users can easily pass out and suffer from increased heart rate or may even drown.
Safety Tip 3 – Be Aware of the Tub’s Structure
All hot tubs are not created equally. For example, a Free Spirit hot tub may differ in shape in comparison to a BellaGrande hot tub. Make users aware of the location of drains, jets, filters, and other elements of your hot tub in order to avoid burns and suction injuries.
Safety Tip 4 – Respect Mother Nature
We know – the chances of getting hit by lightning are slim to none. Well, we would rather see you win the lottery, so we encourage you to please stay out of the hot tub before, during, and immediately after a storm. Also probably a good idea to avoid the hot tub during weather events such as hurricanes and blizzards.
Safety Tip 5 – Be Prepared
Keep a first-aid kit somewhere close to your hot tub. Make sure it is stocked with burn cream. In addition, knowing CPR would not be a bad thing. It is best to seek certification, but even just knowing the basics would be good. Keep emergency numbers close at hand, as well.
As we head into the cooler weather, we know many of you will eagerly uncover your hot tubs and start enjoying the benefits of long soaks. Just stay safe, and you'll be enjoying your hot tub for years to come.