¬†Are you a new hot tub owner? Have you had a hot tub for a while and now you have children who will be joining you? The swimming pool builders from Imperial Pools in Decatur, Illinois have hot tub safety tips to keep in mind whether you’re a new hot tub owner or if you simply need a refresher.

The main rule of swimming pools or hot tubs is to NEVER be in one alone. Adults and chlidren, alike, need to have a “buddy” with them. Children, especially need constant supervision while in or around the hot tub or swimming pool.

Hot tub safety tips

Here are other tips to keep you and your loved ones and friends safe and having fun in the hot tub:

  1. Keep your head above water. The heat of the water can lead to a more quick growth of bacteria and can make your eyes red and itchy. Also, the drains in a hot tub can lead to a “suction incident” and long hair can be sucked into the drain. Ask us to check the drain to make sure the covers are in place, but it’s still a good idea to wear a bathing cap or keep your hair in a pony tail or a bun on top of your head.
  2. This bears repeating but never leave children alone in the hot tub.
  3. Drop the heat a degree or two. You may be tempted to really turn the water up, but if the temperature is too hot it can raise your body temperature and that can be dangerous. The safest water temperature is between 100 and 102 degrees. Even at that temperature, you should limit your soaks to fifteen minute stints and drink water to stay hydrated. It’s tempting to have a glass of wine or beer when you’re relaxing in the hot tub, but alcohol leads to dehydration and that, coupled with the heat of the water, can be dangerous. Save the alcohol to enjoy when you get out.
  4. Ask your doctor, if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or are pregnant whether you can use the hot tub.
  5. Water cleanliness is even more important in a hot tub because the heat of the water will make bacteria and algae and other pathogens grow more quickly.

If you need or want other hot tub safety tips, ask us when we pay a service visit or during the construction phase!