Hot tubs can be great fun and there is no denying that people of all ages will enjoy spending time in them. They off the perfect opportunity for you and your family to take some time out to relax and connect with each other all from the safety and comfort of your own back garden.
However, like swimming pools, swim spas and plunge pools, there are some safety tips you need to be aware of. While high-quality home hot tubs are designed to be simple to use, certain precautions should still be taken. To help anyone that is considering purchasing a hot tub, Hydropool Surrey has put together a list of safety tips that will come in very handy.
Always make sure you correctly use a hot tub cover
This may seem really obvious, but when your hot tub isn’t in use, you should ensure that it is securely covered. All well made hot tub covers should come with child safety locks too, so always make sure your cover is locked into place. Then, when you are using your hot tub, you need to ensure you fully remove the cover so it can’t trap anyone in the water beneath it.
Invest in some non-slip steps
It is no secret that water can make things slippery and it is so easy to hurt yourself on a wet surface. It is beneficial to invest in some specially-designed water-resistant non-slip steps to help you get in and out of your above-ground hot tub safely. Also, think about the surface you need to walk on to get back to your property, is this safe with wet feet or should you invest in some form of matting too?
Never use electronic devices in the hot tub
Of course, water and electronics don’t mix well and it is crucial to always remember this. You should never use plug-in electronic devices or any extension cords near your hot tub. You are probably already aware that if they were to come into contact with water, electrocution could result. If you want to use specific devices for music or outdoor lighting then battery-operated is the way to go.
Don’t use the hot tub in extreme weather
Whilst it may seem like a fun idea to sit in your hot tub whilst it’s raining or to watch an amazing lighting storm, realistically, it isn’t a good idea. Storm clouds mean that it is time to get out of the water. Using your hot tub during extreme weather conditions, for example, electrical storms, not to mention hurricanes or tornados is a complete no-go.
Maintain a regular water care routine
Hot tubs can quickly get dirty and they also harbour a lot of bacteria in the water if not cleaned properly or regularly enough. The quality of the water in your hot tub is also important, for example, the pH balance and should be maintained always. So, if you don’t have a self-cleaning hot tub then always stay on top of this and follow the specific instructions for your model in this regard.
Always supervise your children
This goes without saying and should never be forgotten. Even though you may think a garden hot tub isn’t that deep and lots of children will be able to stand in them it doesn’t mean that accidents don’t happen. Never let your children use the hot tub unsupervised and ensure that they don’t overuse the hot tub too.
Ensure that you stay hydrated
Lots of people forget that the heat of the water in a hot tub will make you perspire and can lead to dehydration. You should always make sure you drink plenty of liquids both before and after using the hot tub. If you take a drink into the hot tub with you then avoid alcoholic drinks and use plastic glasses or bottles.
Monitor the water temperature
Last, but by no means least, you always need to be aware of the water temperature in your hot tub. Most hot tubs will come with a maximum temperature but even still, always monitor this and keep the temperature set at a level comfortable for you and your family. For children or anyone particularly sensitive to heat, you may want to lower the temperature too.
Staying safe in your hot tub
You should never be scared of using a hot tub and as long as you are aware of everything mentioned above then you will be able to enjoy your time together in your very own private garden hot tub.
If you’re interested in investing in a hot tub in the UK for your family home then visit the Hydropool Surrey website today. They specialise in hot tubs and swim spas and can provide you with a huge range to choose from. You can trust that when choosing a Hydropool hot tub, you and your family can enjoy everything a high-quality hot tub has to offer.