Hot Tub Safety
Your hot tub or home spa can be a source of entertainment and relaxation for years - but only if you use it safely.
- Keep in mind the following safety precautions and emergency tips at all times.
- Check with your doctor if you have a medical condition that might be affected by long soaks in a tub or spa.
- Don't use your spa if you have skin infections or open sores.
shower with soap and water before and after entering. This gets rid of
skin bacteria, deodorants, creams and lotions and keeps your hot tub or
- Don't spend more than 15 minutes at a time in heated water that is 104F (40C). Know your own limitations.
Don't use your tub if you've been drinking. Alcohol expands blood
vessels and increases body temperature the same way soaking in hot
water does. Combining the two can be dangerous.
- Keep all surfaces around your tub clear from clutter. Make certain no electrical appliances or cords are within reach.
- Use mats that provide excellent traction to avoid slipping near the tub.
If indoors, make certain your ceiling can support high levels of
moisture and heat as steam rises and may damage plaster or tiles.
If outdoors, be prepared for seasonal changes. Snow can quickly become
thick and dangerous ice on paths to a hot tub, spa, or steam room.
Make sure all gates or doors leading to steam baths or hot tubs are
locked and carefully secure. Latches should be well out of children's
- Never leave children unattended in a tub or spa. Cover hot tubs and home spas safely and securely so that children cannot enter.
Have an Emergency Procedure List posted with a First Aid kit near by
and have all guests familiar with procedures and regulations.