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December 18th, 2022 – I recently learned a very important lesson on hot tubbing in the winter: DON’T FALL!
My hot tub is on my rooftop deck. It’s a lovely way to end the day! I head up there about an hour and a half before I plan to go to bed. It’s one of the best sleep aids you can have.
A couple of days before Thanksgiving, it had rained non-stop after being pretty dry for a number of weeks. The rain had stopped, and it was time for me to take a soak. Soooo…up to the deck I went. I had a truly terrific soak in the tub, turned on the clean cycle, and returned the cover to the tub.
What I didn’t realize: The dry weather we had prior to that very wet day had allowed a bit of pollen to gather and a bit of algae to start taking hold on the steps. Well…I slipped on that top step and took a very bumpy nasty painful ride down nine wooden stairs. The litany of expletives that were coming out of me…well, it’s no wonder my cat didn’t try to call 911.
Three hours in the emergency room revealed that, thankfully, I had not broken any bones. I also was lucky enough to not hit my head. Nevertheless, my entire left arm was bruised and swollen like nothing I’d ever seen. I also had a serious large bruise on my left thigh and my left ankle. Nearly a month later and things are still on the mend!
Obviously, this tumble could have been avoided. It put me on the path of thinking of the things we all could do to make sure the deck, stairs, and pathway to our hot tubs are safe and slip free during the fall and winter. Here are some things to consider doing to make sure your hot tub soaks are accident free.
Hot tubs are terrific! Falls are not! I hope you’ll all get out there and enjoy your tub on these crisp winter nights. It’s really great. Just be sure you take the proper precautions to make the area to and from your tub safe.
Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 27 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through water.