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What to Do in a Hot Tub

Take These Precautions Before Entering a Hot Tub or Spa


If you're lucky enough to own a hot tub or spa, then you probably know all the things you should and shouldn't do in and around the tub, like issues of safety, care and maintenance. Or do you? How long can you soak in a hot tub? Is it OK to have two glasses of wine, but no more? A little sand tracked into the tub won't hurt, right? Will kids be fine in the hot tub as long as an adult is somewhere around? Better read up, then post this list of Hot Tub Do's on the fridge.

Do Consult Your Physician First

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People with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions should consult their physicians before using a spa.

Do Ventilate Your Spa

If your spa is indoors and inadequately ventilated, some users may experience slight throat and eye irritation. Ventilate it naturally or mechanically with an exhaust fan. Find another place besides the spa's equipment compartment to store chemicals.

Do Take a Shower

Always shower first with soap and water to reduce the likelihood of contaminating the spa water and minimizing health risks. Lotions, oils, and other things contribute to build-up in your spa. In cold climates, it's not advisable to drain it -- so save yourself the extra cost of a possible repair bill by rinsing off before and after. Besides: isn't it nice to get into a really clean tub?

Do Limit Your Soak Time

Limit your soak time to no more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Cool off, then re-enter if you like.

Do Limit Alcohol Use

Despite all of those stereotypes and hijinx we see in movies and hear about with celebrities, hot tubs and drinking don't go hand-in-hand. Never drink alcoholic beverages before or during spa use. Alcohol can make you drowsy and lead to drowning. Anyone taking prescription or certain over-the-counter medications should consult their physician before using a hot tub.

Do Consult Your Doctor if You're Pregnant

Women who are pregnant should consult their physician before using a spa.

Do Tie Up Your Long Hair

People with long hair must tie it up to prevent the hair from being caught or pulled into the filter or drain.

Do Install and Use Handrails

Handrails and non-slip surfaces will help to minimize the risk of slipping and falling. Remember that wet surfaces can be slippery. Take care when entering and exiting the spa. Only enter via the spa steps. Do not step or climb on spa edges or filter lids.

Do Install an Anti-Entrapment Drain Cover

You've read about the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act on this site and elsewhere, and you know your pool, spa or hot tub should be equipped with an anti-entrapment drain cover. It will prevent a tragedy.

Do Use the Cover

Use the thermal cover when the spa is not in use, empty or full.
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