As summer wraps up and the nights get cooler, everyone in BC is looking forward to getting more use out of our outdoor hot tubs.
With crisp fall days approaching and ski season ahead, a short refresher on safety will help you enjoy your hot tub all through the colder months.
What are the health concerns when using a hot tub?
Hot tubs can provide a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause a number of serious infections, such as:
- Severe skin rashes
- Eye and ear infections
- Diseases such as legionnaires
It is possible to become sick from the bacteria in your hot tub if you are not careful.
To keep your family safe from harm, ensure that you are properly maintaining the disinfectant level of the water, and keeping up with a regular cleaning schedule.
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How can I ensure that the hot tub’s water is safe to use?
If you are ever unsure of the water quality in your hot tub follow this rule of thumb:
“If in doubt, stay out.”
To make sure that your hot tub is safe to use, follow these precautions:
- Maintain the proper chemical balance for your hot tub, and check it before and after each use of the hot tub.
- Make sure that disinfectant chemicals are kept in a secure location, out of reach of children.
- Drain and scrub your hot tub with an antibacterial solution at least once a month if you use your hot tub frequently.
- Filters and pumping systems should be cleaned and serviced on a regular basis.
- Clean the area around the hot tub and the hot tub cover regularly.
- Ensure that everyone who enters the hot tub has showered beforehand. It is very easy for people to track bacteria picked up on surfaces into the hot tub.
- Ensure that anyone entering the hot tub has not been ill or have any open wounds for at least 48 hours.
- Keep the hot tub’s temperature below 40°C and avoid staying in for longer than 10 minutes at a time.
How can I keep my friends and family safe when using a hot tub?
If you are the owner of a hot tub, it is your responsibility to ensure that the tub is safe for use and that those using your tub are informed about all of the associated risks.
- Pregnant women may be at higher risk of overheating
- Ensure that you do not exceed the maximum number of bathers
- Cover your hot tub when it is not in use, as it can be a drowning risk
- Children must be supervised at all times, especially for signs of overheating as they are more sensitive than adults
- Children younger than seven should not use the hot tub
- All outlets should have a screen over them and know where the shut off switch is in case something becomes lodged in one
- Alcohol and drugs can cause drowsiness and increase your risk of harm. These substances also lower the body’s resistance to the effects of overheating
- Do not allow anyone to around the edges of the hot tub, and be careful getting in and out as the area around a hot tub can be slippery
- Install proper handrails to make getting in and out of the hot tub easier and safer
Source: Healthlink BC
Want your own hot tub installed before the cold weather sets in? Consider contracting an established Vancouver pool company that has experience installing hot tubs with the highest safety standards, like Trasolini Pools.
We would be pleased to provide you with a quote on your hot tub installation.