Who doesn’t love a nice soak in a hot tub? They are relaxing, comforting, and just plain fun for everyone! However, that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. There is still a potential risk for drowning in these small, enjoyable heated pools.
Drownings in hot tubs can and do happen. For example, just this past weekend a woman was found dead in a hot tub in downtown Minneapolis. While no foul play is suspected, her death is still under investigation.
In light of her tragic death, Life Saver Pool Fence would like to warn you of the often-overlooked risks of hot tubs. In today’s blog, we’re offering tips on how to use them safely.
Tip #1: Alcohol and Hot Tubs Don’t Mix
“But, it’s so tempting!” Listen, we get it. When people think of hot tubs, they often associate them with having a refreshing alcoholic beverage. This is usually how hot tubs are depicted in movies and television shows as well. Most of us assume that this is acceptable behavior. Unfortunately, reality tells a different story. The hot water of the hot tub intensifies the effects of alcohol. This may lead to overheating and drowsiness. If you fall asleep in a hot tub, the results can be fatal. Remember: hot tubs and alcohol just do not mix.
So, enjoy those alcoholic beverages after you step out of the hot tub!
Tip #2: Never Use a Hot Tub Alone
Hot tubs are naturally relaxing. As stated earlier, this can lead to drowsiness and even fainting. Just in case you happen to doze off, it’s good to have someone nearby to wake you up. If you are in the hot tub, make sure you have someone with you. At the very least, have someone check on you every couple of minutes to prevent a drowning.
Tip #3: Stay Away From the Drains and Jets
Imagine going under water and having your hair become entangled in one of the jets or drains. Drains are much more powerful than most people realize! Since hot tubs are so small, and the water circulates fast, the risk for drowning from a drain or a jet is magnified. Make sure that you stay above water at all times. For more information, one of our recent articles covered drain danger in great detail.
Tip #4: Pregnant Women Should Consult a Doctor Before Taking a Dip
If you are pregnant, use extreme caution with hot tubs. The hot water raises body temperature. This may potentially harm the baby. Before entering a hot tub, pregnant women should consult with a doctor. A bit of careful forethought can prevent tragedies.
Tip #5: Set a Time Limit
Keep an eye on that clock. A limit of 10-15 minutes is the maximum suggested length of time you should spend in a hot tub. If you decide to get back in the hot tub, take at least a 10-minute break before doing so.
Tip #6: Monitor the Temperature
Make sure you don’t overheat! Most newer hot tubs have a factory-set temperature to a maximum of 104 degrees. That’s very hot! The suggested temperature is actually 100-102 degrees. Higher temperatures can place stress on the cardiovascular system and can lead to burns. No matter what, you should always monitor the temperature. Make sure it never rises above 104 degrees! This will allow your body to cool off.
Tip #7: Stay Away If You Have an Open Wound or Sore
Unfortunately, warm water greatly increases the likelihood of an infection spreading. For this reason, it pays to be considerate of others. Avoid the hot tub if you currently have a rash, open wound, or sore. Additionally, get a doctor’s approval before hopping into the water. This will help make sure that it is safe for you and others!
Tip #8: Carefully Watch Your Children and Use the Hot Tub With Even More Caution
Hot tubs are especially dangerous for young children because it is easy for them to drown or become overheated. If your child does enter the hot tub, actively supervise them the entire time! Don’t take your eyes off of them for a second. To minimize overheating, cut their hot tub time in half to a maximum of 5-7 minutes.