Hot Tub Safety Rules and Recommendations

As a hot tub owner, you are responsible for the bathers in your spa. This means that you must enforce certain rules, even if they restrict how fun the activity can be. The following sections outline such rules on how to use your hot tub safely.

Shower or Bathe Before Entering the Tub

Rinse your body before stepping into the spa. Remove all oils, creams, fragrances, and dirt to keep the water clean and balanced. Similarly, refrain from pouring detergents or soaps into the water. A Jacuzzi might tolerate such chemicals, but hot tubs are different. The motors and filters might clog.

Refrain from Consuming Alcohol or Taking Prescription and Recreational Drugs

Surprisingly, warm water can heighten feelings of inebriation. Sipping on alcohol in the spa may seem relaxing, but indulging in too much can be hazardous. At any rate, you should keep glass away from the tub. Dropping glass could lead to shards in the water, causing great damage to the lining and mechanics.

Keep Hot Tub Temperatures Below 104 Degrees Fahrenheit

For safety reasons, your hot tub should never exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. For children of five or older, the temperature should stay under 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Regardless of temperature, do not sit in hot water for more than 15 minutes. Doing so elevates body heat levels dangerously high. While some adults do not feel the effects as strongly as others, children often grow uncomfortable after 10 minutes.

If you are pregnant or have a special medical condition, consult a doctor for temperature recommendations.

Do Not Dive or Dunk into the Spa

Unlike pools with deep ends and diving boards, you should step gingerly into your spa. Ease yourself from the ledge, using any steps that descend into the water. Diving into shallow water is reckless.

High temperatures can agitate skin on the face, so keep your head above the water level. Moreover, hair can get tangled in the jets and filters, leading to entrapment. While modern hot tubs have caps and shields to prevent this, you should exercise caution in the spa regardless.

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