Soaking Safely

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Tips to Soak in your Hot Tub Safely.

Sitting in your hot tub is a warm relaxing experience but it also can be hazardous.

Who should be careful?
  • People with heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure
  • Any person with a serious illness
  • Pregnant women
  • People with skin, ear, genital or other body infections, open sores or wounds
  • Very young children
Consult your doctor if you have any question.

Look before you dip:  Before your toe dips into the Hot Tub, look at the water. If it is cloudy, foaming, or if there is strong chlorine smell, don't enter an treat the water.  If you ignore the water, you increase chances of getting a skin rash (pseudomonas).  If you have questions, contact us, or your local dealer.

Shower first: Shower with soap and water before you enter the hot tub.  The shower helps remove oils, bacteria, creams, deodorants, and lotions - all reduce the filter's effectivness.

Soaking time:  High water temperatures elevates your internal body temperature.   It is recommended that maximum water temperature never exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  Soaking too long may make some people nauseous, dizzy, lightheaded or faint.  It is recommended to keep your soaking for no more than 15 minutes at one time.  If you want to soak longer, leave the hot tub after 15 minutes, cool down and then return.  If you have any questions, consult with your doctor.

Safety in numbers: Never use the spa or hot tub when you're alone.

Soak while sober: Never soak after drinking alcohol. Alcohol expands your blood vessels and increases your body temperature. Alcohol and soaking creates a combined effect that can be risky.  Your body temperature may increase to dangerous levels quickly.  We know that alcohol may cause nausea, dizziness or light headedness causing the ultimate danger of drowning due to loss of consciousness, heart attack or injury from passing out and falling.

Dunking and drugs: Combined use of some prescription medicine and hot tub soaking can be dangerous. Never use a spa or hot tub while or after using narcotics or other drugs that may cause sleepiness, drowsiness or raise or lower blood pressure.

Other tips:
  • Keep an accurate thermometer in the spa or hot tub at all times to monitor the water temperature. Check the water temperature before and while you are soaking in the hot tub.
  • Don't adjust or touch pumps, heaters or electrical appliances while you are in the hot tub, or while standing in water.
  • Enter the spa or hot tub slowly and cautiously - be careful of your footing
  • Allow your body to gradually get used to the water temperature.
  • Leave the hot tub slowly; your muscles may too relaxed and make you unsteady, or you may be lightheaded
  • Never allow children to use the spa or hot tub unsupervised.
  • Tell young children the rules for using your spa or hot tub