Your hot tub is a great addition to the home giving you years of stress relief and enjoyment.
From the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), drowning is the main hazard associated with hot tubs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recorded more than 800 deaths in spas since 1990. About four in twenty were children under the age of five.
Hot tubs should be covered with a locked safety cover when not in use and children should be kept away unless there is constant adult supervision.
Infants and toddlers should never be in a hot tub. Their thin skin makes them more susceptible to overheating. And of course their control over their bodily functions is nil - say no more.
If a child cannot stand in the tub and have their head entirely above water, they should not be in the hot tub. If they are tall enough, they should not be in the water for more than 5 minutes at a time (with the water temp. at 104).
Everyone, including children, should drink water while they're soaking. If any bather feels sick, dizzy and/or sleepy, they should leave the spa immediately.
Here are some important precautions:
- Have a professional like Northcoast Spa & Hot Tub check your spa or hot tub and make certain it is in safe operating condition. Use our Request for Service Form to contact us.Request for Service Form to contact us.
- Keep water temperatures at or below 104°F.
- Always use a locked safety cover when the hot tub is not in use.
- Keep young children away from hot tubs and spas unless there is constant adult supervision.
- Make certain the spa has the dual drains and drain covers conforming to and required by current safety standards.
- Make certain knows the location of the cut-off switch for the pump so that it can be turned off quickly in the event of an emergency.
- Be aware that consuming alcohol while using a hot tub or spa could lead to drowning.
In addition, the International Code Council (ICC) states that, like a pool, hot tubs and spas should be surrounded by a fence at least four feet high with a self-latching gate or door in the fence or an approved lockable safety cover.