Hot Tub Safety & Care

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Hot tubs are a luxurious way to relax in the evening and unwind from the day. However, hot tub ownership requires you to know how to care for your hot tub and how to use it properly. In 2009, a national study published hot tub injury results. The study found that more than 6,600 injuries occurred each year between 1990 and 2007. If you own a hot tub, you need to know the 'don'ts' of hot tub ownership.

Hot Tub Care

1. Don't turn off the power without emptying it

Most people don't use their hot tub all year long. If you aren't using your hot tub from around November until March, it may be tempting to turn it off and save some energy.

Turning off the heat during the winter months may allow the hot tub to freeze, which will inflict damage to it. The damage can include cracks in the spa's body, damaged pipes, and damage to other hardware as well. If you aren't using your hot tub, turn on the energy saving settings. It will turn down the heat and keep it running at a minimum to conserve energy, yet keep it from becoming damaged. If you are set on turning the tub off, be sure to empty it of water and dry it thoroughly first.

2. Don't cover your hot tub with clear plastic

A hot tub lid is the optimal choice when covering up your spa when it's not in use. If your lid is damaged and you need to use something else until you can buy a new one, do not use clear plastic, glass, or anything else that will cause a greenhouse effect. This will trap the heat from the sun and the hot tub will get too hot. The cover—along with the hot tub's insulation—can melt if it gets hotter than it is supposed to.

3. Don't use bubbles or soap

For some, this is a no-brainer. Yet many new hot tub owners might think, why not add some bubbles to make the hot tub a little more fun? It seems like a great idea, but it's the ultimate no-no when using a hot tub. A proper balance of chemicals is required to maintain a hot tub. Adding soap or bubbles will ruin that healthy balance. The film from soap can also clog the jets and other working parts.

Hot Tub Safety

1. Don't drink in a hot tub

It's a common scenario for friends to sit around in a hot tub with beers in their hands. Unfortunately, drinking in a hot tub is extremely dangerous. When you get in your hot tub, bring a glass of water. The heat from the water causes you to sweat and you need to replenish the water inside of your body. Alcohol will only dehydrate you further. Alcohol also increases your body temperature because it expands your blood vessels. The increased heat from the alcohol and the hot tub can lead to heat exhaustion.

2. Don't enter a hot tub with an open wound

Bacteria breeds quickly in warm, wet environments. This makes hot tubs the perfect place for infections to fester. The chemicals in your hot tub can also irritate your wound, infecting it further. It's best to wait until any injuries have healed before getting in.

3. Don't use a hot tub when a storm is coming

If it's not raining yet or there is only a slight drizzle, sitting in a hot tub and watching a storm sounds fabulous. It also sounds dangerous. Electricity is attracted to water. If you are sitting in your hot tub, you are at risk of lightening hitting you. The chances of a bold hitting your hot tub may not be high, but it's not worth the risk.

With great hot tubs come great responsibilities. It's important to properly maintain your hot tub along with practicing proper safety. For more information, contact a company like California Home Spas & Patio.

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