We are sure that by now you have heard that hot tubs provide many health benefits for bathers, including reducing anxiety and relieving pain just to name a few, but what about hot tub health concerns? Which concerns are fact and which are fiction?
Top 4 most common hot tub health concerns
In general, all modern hot tubs have been built with the highest health and safety standards in mind to ensure a pleasant soaking experience for all. But a quick internet search can easily make even the most confident homeowner a little concerned about possible hot tub health risks thanks to sensationalist, clickbait articles. With a little bit of knowledge and regular hot tub maintenance, you can easily alleviate those concerns.
1. You can fall and hurt yourself
Anytime a wet surface is involved, there is the potential for a fall to occur so you will need to exercise caution around your hot tub and stay on top of keeping that area as dry as possible. Consider placing anti-slip mats around your tub.
To ensure that no falls occur while entering or exiting the tub, consider installing railings for added support. If your hot tub is installed above ground and requires steps to get up to it, make sure that they are constructed out of slip-resistant material that provides solid traction.
2. Hot tubs are dangerous if you are pregnant
Pregnant individuals are at a higher risk for overheating, plus increasing your body temperature dramatically can have harmful effects on your developing fetus, especially in the early weeks, so this is a very valid concern.
Here are six possible solutions for using a hot tub if you are pregnant:
- Lower your hot tub’s temperature to below 38.9ºC
- Avoid long soaks by limiting your time in the water to no more than 10 minutes
- Pay close attention to how you are feeling, and immediately get out of the water should you begin feeling uncomfortable
- Keep your arms and chest above the water
- Only soak with others who care about you; never soak alone.
- Consult with your doctor before getting in
3. You can get sick from soaking in a hot tub
Contracting a viral infection, bacterial infection or fungal infection is a possibility when you take a soak in a hot tub. Conditions that are sometimes associated with hot tubs include Legionnaires’ disease, Cryptosporidium, and folliculitis. Both of these conditions may be contracted from bathing in an unclean hot tub.
Five ways to reduce your risk of developing one of those conditions include:
- Paying close attention to your hot tub’s chemicals
- Sticking to your maintenance schedule
- Using your hot tub cover while your tub is not in use
- Asking all bathers to shower before entering the water
- Staying out of the water if you are feeling sick
The chemicals in your hot tub are there to keep you and your family safe, so make sure that you test your hot tub’s water every time you want to get in for a soak.
4. Your hot tub’s water can burn you
Modern-day hot tubs are designed with temperature controls that can easily prevent this from occurring. Most of the systems in hot tubs today are designed to prevent the water from exceeding 40ºC. That said, it is a good idea to find the ideal hot tub temperature for yourself so that you can always have an enjoyable soak.
In addition to these hot tub health tips, check out our recent safety tips blog to ensure your family enjoys safe soaks all winter long.