When the weather is cold, a dip in your hot tub is the best way to relax and warm yourself up. To ensure you have the best experience, here is a refresher for essential hot tub safety tips in the winter: 

1. Sanitize high-touch areas

It is highly recommended to regularly disinfect the surfaces surrounding your hot tub – especially the ones that are not submerged in sanitized water. 

Ensure that this task is included in your weekly hot tub maintenance duties. If your hot tub is frequented by multiple people on a regular basis, you may need to increase the number of times you sanitize the surfaces as an extra precaution.  

2. Ensure your hot tub area is always clean and clear 

One of the most important hot tub winter safety tips is to ensure the path to your hot tub is clear, especially if it has snowed. You can also place anti-slip tiles or mats to prevent slipping. Another option would be to add a handrail for steps. 

A pair of dedicated hot tub shoes or sandals to wear to and from the tub is also a good idea!

3. Keep alcohol away 

Alcohol and hot tubs should never mix. This is because it can lead to extreme dehydration and even drowning. Your body can also suffer from dizziness or incoordination, which can lead to slips, falls and major injuries. In addition, when you step out of a hot tub after drinking an alcoholic beverage, you can lose the heat from your body at a much quicker rate, which can be very dangerous. 

4. Limit the amount of time spent soaking

With chilly temperatures outside you may want to spend a considerable amount of time in your hot tub, but by doing so you can risk developing light-headedness, heat stroke, fainting and drowsiness if you stay in your hot tub too long.  

That is why it is important to limit the amount of soaking time to a maximum of 20 minutes and take breaks in between if you want to spend more time in your hot tub. Also, it is essential to ensure that your hot tub’s temperature is set between 32-40°C and note that the hotter you have your hot tub’s temperature, the shorter your soaking time should be. 

5. Monitor the chemicals 

Balancing the water in your hot tub is essential to prevent bacteria, viruses and a number of other contaminants that can thrive in hot water. 

The best method for balancing your hot tub in the winter is to use a test kit to check for adequate sanitizer, total alkalinity and pH levels. Check your water before and after each use to ensure that it is properly balanced and that it has the right amount of chemicals. 

6. Do not soak if you are sick 

If you are feeling unwell, skip your soak until your symptoms are gone. This ensures that you are not going to spread any germs to anyone else through the water. 

7. Do not soak alone

Not only is it more fun to spend time in the hot tub with someone else, but it is also the safer option. It is also especially important that no child or senior is left unattended in a hot tub. 

8. Invest in a good cover

An effective hot tub cover will protect the water’s cleanliness and temperature as well as any other outside contaminants. 

9. Stock up on supplies 

The weather during the winter can be unpredictable, and in the event that you may not be able to drive to your local store in the snow, it is important to have extra hot tub maintenance supplies on hand. Make sure that you have enough sanitizer, chemicals, test strips and filter cartridges to last you the entire winter season.

By following these tips, you and your family are getting the best experience out of your hot tub this winter season while staying safe! If you have any more questions about your hot tub, please feel free to contact us today.