Hot Tub Safety: Top 10 Dos & Don’t for Safe Hot Tubbing
With the glorious hot weather we’ve been having, I’m hearing from many hot tub owners that they’re finally getting the chance to entertain. And that for most of those backyard parties the hot tub will be the star of the show.
Hot tubs make parties more fun that’s for sure.
But, make sure the fun doesn’t end in disaster.
Make your hot tub party a safe one by following our top 10 safety tips:
1. ALWAYS SUPERVISE.
Do not allow anyone — of any age — to use a hot tub without supervision. Never allow children to use a hot tub unsupervised – even for a moment. Make sure you can see what they’re doing.
2. ALCOHOL IS A NO-NO WHILE HOT TUBBING. Save the drinks for after your soak.
Do not drink alcohol before – or while – soaking in a hot tub. Alcohol increases the risk of passing out, heart attack, or injury from passing out and slipping into the water and drowning. Save the drinks for after hot tubbing.
3. PLASTIC ONLY AROUND THE HOT TUB, PLEASE.
Don’t use glass or pottery containers for drinks or food that could break.
4. REQUIRE GOOD BEHAVIOR FROM KIDS.
No playful screaming for help (false alarms) that might mask a real emergency.
No running or pushing near the hot tub.
No diving or jumping into a hot tub.
No playing on top of the hot tub cover. They do not support a child’s weight.
No playing the “hold your breath underwater” game.
I don’t want to sound like a grumpy, spoil sport, but kids do need to be taught what good hot tub manners are.
5. RESPECT STORMS.
Never use the hot tub before, during, or after a thunderstorm. There is a real danger of electrocution from lightning hitting the water.
6. PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES.
Know where all electrical switches and circuit breakers for hot tub equipment and lights are located and how to turn them off in an emergency. Learn how to perform CPR. Keep a First Aid kit close by.
7. RESPECT ELECTRICITY.
Use battery-operated appliances instead of cord-connected appliances in and around the hot tub.
8. KEEP WATER CLEAN.
Keep water clean, properly disinfected, and clear of debris. Also, showering before getting into a hot tub will help keep the water cleaner.
9. KEEP WATER SAFE.
Keep the water temperature at no hotter than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Kids typically like the water cooler: 100 degrees or below.
10. USE A LOCKING COVER BEFORE AND AFTER HOT TUBBING.
Having a locking cover and using it are a must with hot tub ownership. They protect children from danger, save energy, and keep debris out of the hot tub. The best hot tub cover made is by Sunstar which is equipped with locks. Even the best cover won’t prevent accidents if you don’t remember to lock it after every use.
Now you can relax and enjoy your party and the hot tub knowing you understand hot tub safety.
SANUM PER AQUA. Latin for Health through Water.
Author: Don Riling
Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.