Hot Tub Safety...
Hot Tubs and Spas can be a great
way to relax and warm up after a day outside. It also provides an
opportunity to mingle with other people. We offer some safety suggestions
to keep in mind so that your family's enjoyment of a hot tub is done safely:
Keep safety in mind at all
NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN
UNSUPERVISED-Children can drown in a few inches of water in a few minutes -
teach children to stay out of the hot tub until an adult is supervising
them. Watch that children do not touch any pool chemicals.
Warn your children to stay
away from drains, filters and drain covers in pools and hot tubs. Long
hair should be tied up. Drains can be very dangerous – see
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- NEVER PUSH ANYONE UNDER THE WATER.
- Check the hot tub area for safety including
any chemicals that may be around pool area.
- Children should never go on top of a hot tub
- There should be no jumping, underwater
swimming or diving in the hot tub.
- Pregnant women and others with medical
conditions should consult their doctors before entering a hot tub or spa.
- Don't go into the Tub if you have open wounds
or sores. They can get infected by the bacteria in the water or cause
others to get infections.
- Everyone should hot tub with a buddy just in
case there is a problem.
- Be careful getting in and out of the hot tub
as surfaces surrounding it can become slippery. Hold young children's
hands when entering and exiting the tub.
- Soaking in a hot tub at high temperatures over
a long period of time can raise the body temperature to possible dangerous
levels. 10 to 15 minutes of soaking time should not be exceeded.
A temperature of 100 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit should be comfortable.
As children are more sensitive to heat, they should not enter the hot tub
unless the temperature is reduced to not more than 95 degrees Fahrenheit and
stay in the tub not more than 10 minutes. Check with your doctor if
you have any concerns. INFANTS SHOULD NOT BE IN A HOT TUB.
- Children enter a hot tub slowly to be
accustomed to the temperature.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs while using a hot tub,
but do drink plenty of cool fluids to avoid dehydration while enjoying the
tub and help reduce body temperature.
- Make sure everyone but especially children do
not touch any electrical appliances or plugs. Don't let children play
with tub or jet settings.
- Enjoy the Hot Tub.