Safety Tips for Summer Hot Tub Use

Summertime is here. That means that evenings spent soaking in the hot tub to unwind from the day’s stress are the perfect way to end a stressful day. There’s nothing wrong with a nice, warm soak during the day either. As with anything involving your hot tub, it’s important to make safe use a priority. So how should you do that this summer?

Keep Food and Drink Away from the Hot Tub

If you have a hot tub, you know how much fun it can be to use during a summer bash! No summer party is complete without delicious food and drinks but keep them far away from your hot tub. Getting food or drink in your hot tub means having to drain and thoroughly clean it out. If something made of glass were to break in the hot tub, you’d have to deal with the dangerous prospect of cleaning out shards of glass while praying that no one got cut on their way out. It’s just a lot safer to keep all of the food and drink well away.

Set Time and Temperature Limits

Part of the draw of using a hot tub is how deliciously warm and soothing the water can be. That same warmth has the potential to be dangerous, however. Keep yourself and anyone else using the hot tub from overheating by setting limits on the amount of time someone can spend in a single sitting and how warm the water gets. Keep the temperature below 104 degrees Fahrenheit and take breaks to lower your body temperature every 15-20 minutes.

No Pets or Small Children

Overheating is even more of a concern for pets and small children. They aren’t able to regulate their body temperature as effectively as adults. They may not recognize when they’re getting too warm and will have a harder time getting out of the water without help. It’s best to keep them out of the hot tub altogether. For older children, lower the water temperature to 94 degrees Fahrenheit and give them a 5-10 minute time limit.

Safety is the first rule of having fun in a hot tub. Take the necessary steps to keep yourself and other hot tub users safe this summer. Keep your hot tub clean, use it safely, and make sure that only those who can handle warmer hot tub temperatures get in. That way everyone can enjoy all the amazing benefits that a hot tub has to offer.

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