For most people, spending time in a hot tub is a form of relaxation unlike any other. However, it is of huge importance to be aware of the potential dangers presented by a hot tub and how to successfully alleviate these in order to stay safe whilst in and around the tub.
Due to the excitement of being in the tub, it’s easy to see why many of us put health and safety to the back of our minds, but in doing so this can leave us vulnerable to a wide range of illnesses.
Whether you own a private hot tub or are looking to make use one in your holiday accommodation, the tips outlined below will stand you in good stead for keeping yourself and others safe when using the spa.
Test the Water Quality Regularly
Don’t assume that just because the water is clear, it’s safe to be in. Bacteria, viruses and many other illness-inducing contaminants can infect you while bathing in the water. For this reason, spa water must be treated with the necessary chemicals and monitored via testing strips that provide an instant visual indication of the condition of the water.
Hot tub testing strips are widely available and at low expense. Depending on the size and style of your hot tub the type and balance of chemicals required to purify the water will differ greatly. You will have detailed guidance on how to maintain the spa water quality in your instruction documentation. For those using a communal hot tub, or one situated on a holiday rental, contact the onsite staff who can provide the necessary guidance. Should the property management be unwilling or unable to provide this information, it is highly recommended for the safety of you and your group, that the hot tub is avoided completely as any duty of care has been seriously compromised.
For a more in-depth look at how to test your hot tub water, please view Swim University’s guide.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
For many of us, relaxing in the hot tub is the perfect excuse to crack open a beer or enjoy the glass of wine. The simple fact is that an increased body temperature leads to dehydration and drowsiness, which when coupled with the effects of alcohol consumption can have dire consequences for the human body. We’re not saying avoid that beverage completely, instead recommend drinking plenty of water alongside that can of beer or champagne flute. This will keep your core body temperature regulated and reduce the chances of becoming light headed.
Another safety factor to consider when drinking both in and around the hot tub is what happens if a glass is broken. Shattered pieces of glass could not only damage the internal mechanics of the tub, but it presents a great danger to bare feet. The best solution to this is to use shatterproof plastic cups.
Water and electricity do not mix. Although there is a great temptation to amplify your music and favourite audio whilst in the hot tub, the simple rule is never to use mains operated electronics near water. For those looking to have music played near the hot tub area, please consider a battery powered portable speaker and keep this a safe distance from the water.
Utilise a small fold out table to place speakers, along with mobile phones and tablets to ensure there is no risk of these items entering the water or becoming wet. For photographs, why not ask a person whose not in the hot tub if they will take a snap of you. In our experience, hot tub selfies are not worth the potential damage and phone replacement costs and are not covered by many insurance policies.
Protect with a Spa Cover
These not only provide thermal insulation to keep your water warm and your bills low, they’re also key for keeping out any unwanted entry. Whether that’s your dog, the neighbour’s cat or even your own children, these covers help to maintain a safe environment when you’re not enjoying the tub. Utilise straps to keep the cover down, especially in the winter months when gusts of wind are known to fling them across the garden.
According to CleanMyHotTub.co.uk, a specialist hot tub cleaning company it is recommended that the spa cover is cleaned monthly. Not only will this protect the finish and shield it from sun damage, it will also ensure it smells fresh all year round.
We hope you find these safety suggestions and techniques useful. Be sure to leave a comment below with any tips you might have, or if you need any additional information.