Hot Tub Rules - Hot Tub Safety

Hot tubs pose some of the same risks as swimming pools, as well as having their own dangers. There are some hot tub safety rules that everyone should be aware of before using your tub.

It is best, and usually more fun, to have someone in the hot tub with you. If you are in the spa alone, make sure someone responsible in the household is aware that you are in the tub and how long you have been in.

Do not use the hot tub if you have a medical condition without discussing it with your doctor first. While studies have shown a hot tub can be very beneficial, your doctor may advise you about specific temperature settings, how long it is safe to stay in, and any warning signs that you may be in trouble.

Pregnant women and the elderly should also consult their doctor before using a hot tub. The doctor will be aware of any blood circulation issues that should be addressed.

No alcohol or drugs. Your judgment might be impaired, and you could become unconscious and drown.

Do not use a hot tub if you are taking any medication that makes your drowsy or affects your circulation. If necessary, check with your doctor.

Be aware of the amount of time you have been in the tub. Soaking in the warm water can raise your body temperature to dangerous levels. 15 minutes in water no warmer than 104 degrees Fahrenheit is considered safe. If you want to use your spa for a longer time, take a break.

Soaking in the warm water can dehydrate you, which could lead to nausea, dizziness, or fainting. Take breaks from your hot tub and drink water before getting back in.

Do not allow underwater swimming or diving. Hair can get drawn into the drains and caught, causing drowning. It is reported that 700 people have drowned in such accidents since 1980.

No glass containers for food or drink in or around the hot tub.

People with cuts or external infections should not use the spa.

No electrical appliances in or close to your hot tub.

Be careful about slipping when you get out of the hot tub. Keep a towel handy to dry off immediately. A non-skid surface is ideal for the area around your tub. Another way to avoid slipping is to provide handholds for getting into and out of the hot tub.

Be sure to check the temperature of the water before you enter the spa. A floating thermometer is very useful. If you want the water warm, keep the temperature between 100-104 degrees.

Be sure you have a proper cover for your hot tub and keep it on, and locked, any time your spa is not in use.

Post safety rules by your pool and point them out to anyone using your hot tub for the first time. Never assume that anyone getting into your hot tub is aware of the possible dangers and knows how to safely use your spa