Owning and enjoying a hot tub means maintaining a level of responsibility, for yourself and your guests. When you keep certain hot tub safety tips in mind, you can’t go wrong!
As a hot tub owner, there are certain practices you need to put in place to stay safe. That’s not to mention keeping any guests you invite over to enjoy your tub safe too! No one wants a hot tub accident on their hands. You can easily avoid one by staying vigilant and by making sure that your oasis itself is clean and healthy.
You have a responsibility as a hot tub owner to make sure that your tub is in working order, kept at a safe hot tub temperature, and that there are certain rules to follow while using it. If you’re not sure where to start, you’ll find our top hot tub safety tips below.
When you fail to clean your hot tub regularly, bacteria and other nasties can start to build up. This can be dangerous and eventually lead to infections — if not worse. Remember to use a skimmer to remove large debris weekly, if not daily (depending on how often you leave your tub uncovered).
Chemical balance is important as well! Monitor levels closely and keep them in these acceptable ranges:
Also remind your guests (and yourself) to always shower before getting in, and make sure to completely drain your hot tub 3-4 times a year.
Very young children like infants and toddlers should never be allowed in a hot tub. The hot water is too much for their sensitive skin to take. You also don’t want to worry about any leaky diaper accidents, as that will result in a contaminated tub.
You should also generally limit older children’s time in the tub. Hot tub water temperatures can reach over 100 degrees F, and that is simply too hot for kids to handle. If you insist on letting them try, make sure it’s only for 5 minutes at a time.
Yes, one of the best parts of enjoying a hot tub is getting to soak in that bubbling hot water. It’s important not to let it get too steamy, however. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests a maximum hot tub temperature of 104 degrees F. Safe hot tub temperature practices mean keeping the temperature around 100 degrees F at all times. In fact, 100 degrees F is generally more comfortable than anything higher.
Lots of folks like to enjoy an ice-cold alcoholic drink in the tub. Unfortunately, it really isn’t safe to combine alcohol with your hot tub. Not only do you risk dropping in into the tub and contaminating the water, but it also dehydrates you. The hot water of your tub also does a pretty good job at dehydrating, so paired with alcohol, it’s a double whammy. Enjoy your drink before and after you take a dip, not during.
Not only will this help to keep your hot tub clean, but it can also prevent any accidents like someone falling in. If you have guests over (or if you have young children) and you aren’t using your hot tub, place the cover over it. Although you may think that there’s no risk of drowning in such a small pool of water, you never know what could happen. Better safe than sorry!
There are several drains and suction outlets in hot tubs designed to circulate water in your tub. You should consider purchasing drain covers that will let the water continue to move around while keeping hot tub users safe. If you don’t, you run the risk of limbs, hair, or clothing getting caught in the outlet. It may not sound serious, but it could cause a panic, which could result in a serious accident.