Unwinding in a hot tub can help you to relieve your tense muscles, release your mental anguish, and even spend time with those that you love. Unfortunately, if safety measures aren't put in place and practiced, hot tubs can also cause injuries and injuries. Below, you will find several safety measures that you should have in place and practice.
Accidental drownings can happen at any time. If you haven't invested in a quality cover with locks that are child-proof, you put your children and neighboring children at risk of accidentally drowning. Purchase a lockable cover and make sure to keep it locked anytime the hot tub is not in use.
The chemicals used in a hot tub must be balanced to maintain healthy pH levels in the water. Failure to use a pH testing kit regularly and learn how to adjust the amount of chemicals used in the water could result in injuries and illnesses. Furthermore, the wrong combination of chemicals can actually strip and damage your spa shell and require hot tub repair.
When adding the chemicals, don't just dump them directly into the water. Instead, get a five-gallon bucket filled with water and mix the chemicals in that water before pouring them into the hot tub. This will help to dilute all of the dry chemicals and ensure that they are being distributed evenly through the water and not resting on the bottom of the hot tub.
Don't forget to store your chemicals in a safe place. Store them somewhere that is cool and dark and where your kids cannot reach or access them. A locking cabinet may be necessary if your kids are exceptionally curious or like to experiment with things.
The temperature of your hot tub should never exceed 104 degrees for adult-only use and never beyond 95 degrees if children are spending time in the hot tub. If the temperature is set too high and you spend too much time soaking in the water, you could suffer from heat stroke and dehydration.
If you plan to spend hours in the hot tub, lower the temperature to about 95 degrees for adults and about 90 degrees for children. Drink electrolyte-loaded drinks and/or water during your soak. This will help to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
If you have any health issues, be sure to talk with your doctor before utilizing a hot tub for relief. It is possible that extended hot tub use could cause negative effects for some ailments, so checking first is recommended.