Hot Tub Safety 101
Hot tubs are a phenomenal investment for the whole family, offering everything from health benefits with hydrotherapy to providing entertainment and a place for everyone to come together and create memories that last a lifetime. And, just like with anything else the whole family uses, there are a few things to consider to keep everyone safe and happy.
Bubbles and Babies
Sharing your spa experience with the smallest members of your family is certainly possible, and most infants love water, but there are certain precautions you MUST take. The first concern is water temperature. While we don’t recommend children under 5 use your spa, the ultimate choice is for you to decide what is best for your family.
For children under 2, you’ll have to turn the heat down to about 90 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to check the water yourself before putting babies in the hot tub in case of a broken thermometer.
Younger babies have a harder time controlling their body temperature and may get overheated in the tub, but could also get too cold once spa time is over. Shivering or muscle cramps should be watched for and baby should be removed from the hot tub immediately if you notice these symptoms of distress.
Floaties or other devices to help keep baby above water is always a good idea and NEVER leave babies, toddlers, or small children in a hot tub unsupervised.
Hot Tubs and Toddlers
Teaching water safety as early as possible is one of the best ways to prepare your toddlers for independence in the water when they are older. Here are a few guidelines to follow through the years:
- Children should be able to stand on the bottom of the spa and have their head above water before being allowed to play with limited supervision.
- Offer drinks of water or juice to prevent dehydration to younger children.
- Invest in a cover for your spa when it’s not is use to deter curious minds from swimming without an adult present.
There’s no doubt about it, hot tubs are super fun and should be enjoyed by the whole family. If you have any additional questions about water safety, or you need a replacement cover, feel free to contact our expert dealers at SpaExpo!