Best Tips for Hot Tub Water Safety
With summer comes intense heat. Swimming or wading in water is one simple and easy way to beat the heat and stay cool. Whether you’re swimming, wading, sitting or watching others in the water, keep in mind some of the best practices for water safety this summer and all year long.
Water Safety for Hot Tubs
- Adjust heating settings to a comfortable temperature. (Many people prefer temperatures between 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit.)
- Always enter the hot tub feet first, and hold on to edges for stability. To prevent slipping, ensure footing is in place before stepping further into the hot tub.
- Monitor your physical signals. Sitting for long periods in hot water can be troublesome for individuals who are not accustomed to it, so make sure you’re listening to warning signs that you need to leave the hot tub. Examples include increased heart rate, nausea, lightheadedness or feeling faint Getting your heart above the water level will allow for more rapid cool-down.
- Hydrate and continue hydrating. (This applies to swim spa use as well.) Sitting for too long in hot water can cause your body to become dehydrated. Drink water before, during and after soaking in a hot tub to prevent dehydration headaches or fatigue.
Water Safety for Swim Spas
- Don’t run around the swim spa. Excess water can cause surfaces to be slippery, running or horseplay should not be permitted around the swim spa area.
- Always enter the swim spa feet first, and hold on to edges for stability. To prevent slipping, ensure footing is in place before stepping further into the swim spa.
- Monitor children’s play in the swim spa. (This applies to hot tub safety as well.)
- Ensure children have necessary floatation devices for safe water play. You can purchase life vests, floaties, or water noodles at your local retailer.
- When using exercise equipment, be sure to read instructions and check tools before use. Before using tethers, rowers or other equipment, tug on them to ensure no slipping and that hooks, latches, knots or loops are secure.
Water safety is important for everyone. Hot tub and swim spa users of all ages can enjoy the water as long as everyone does their part to ensure the safety. Safety rules for swimming pools are similar, but for an entire list, see this guide provided by the American Red Cross.