Hot Tub Safety: What You Need to Know

Hot Tub Safety What You Need to Know


Using a hot tub can have a positive impact on your health and well-being—provided you follow sensible guidelines for ensuring the safety of yourself, your family, and your guests. Emphasizing spa safety will enhance enjoyment and eliminate the possibility of mishaps or injuries. With that in mind, here are safety rules that every hot tub owner should know.

Right Time, Right Temperature

  1. As wonderful as a soak in a hot tub feels, staying in the water too long or at too high a temperature can cause overheating or other health issues. Most experts recommend you stay in a hot tub no longer than 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
  2. Keep the hot tub water temperature no higher than 104°F. The majority of hot tub users prefer temperatures of 100°F to 102°F. Learn how to find your ideal water temperature.
  3. Limit the soak time in the hot tub for children under the age of 10 to 5- 10 minutes at a time and set the temperature for them at no higher than 95°F.
  4. Before using a hot tub, pregnant women should consult their physician for medical advice on whether it is advisable.
  5. Similarly, individuals with a heart condition, high blood pressure, or other serious medical condition should not enter a spa without a doctor’s OK.


Avoid Alcohol Usage

  1. Alcohol is best avoided when using a hot tub.
  2. Hydration is important, so offset the effects of perspiration by providing water (in bottles or plastic cups, since glass is a hazard around hot tubs).
  3. Be cautious about the effects of prescription drugs. When talking medication that may cause drowsiness, avoid using a hot tub since the effect can be heightened by immersion in warm water. If in doubt about whether a drug is compatible with spa usage, consult your physician.

Supervise Children

  1. Always supervise children and make sure they know the safety rules.
  2. Stress that when kids are in the hot tub, they must stay seated at all times and keep their head above water.
  3. Show teens how to turn the power off in the event of an emergency.
  4. Instruct younger and older children not to run or engage in rowdy behavior in or near the hot tub.
  5. Remind children to stay away from the drain so that their hair, bathing suit, or jewelry does not become entangled in the drain cover.
  6. Learn how your hot tub holds the benefit your family time.


Make the Area Safe

  1. The area around hot tubs can be susceptible to slips and falls. Use skid-resistant surfaces in the walkways and perimeter of the hot tub, and avoid splashing since water can make nearby decks or patios slippery.
  2. Have a lockable gate system to ensure that children do not have access to the hot tub while unattended.
  3. Make sure you secure your hot tub cover when the hot tub is not in use. Learn how a hot tub cover can help.


When using your hot tub, always put safety first. Make sure family and guests follow your spa rules, and keep the hot tub experience a safe and enjoyable one.

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