Hot tubs can be really great for relaxing in, spending time with friends or family or even taking a short dip before bed. It is important to emphasize that alcohol should never enter the tub with you. One big rule of the hot tub: never drink alcohol while soaking.
Summertime hot tub rule: Why you should never drink in the hot tub
Alcohol can quickly dehydrate the body, and so can soaking in a hot tub. Both at the same time can cause harm to your body. Quick dehydration can cause dizziness, nausea, a quick heartbeat and weakness.
Hot tubs expand the blood vessels as well as increase body temperature, and alcohol does the exact same thing. This can trigger heat exhaustion which could lead to unconsciousness, stroke or heart attack. If you are feeling dizzy, confused, faint, or you have a high body temperature, rapid heartbeat or extreme sweating, this means that you should take precaution and exit the hot tub as soon as possible.
Alcohol can easily and quickly impair the brain, causing reckless acts that can possibly harm yourself or others. It is important to be mindful of yourself and your surroundings while in the tub, and unfortunately alcohol can make you less aware of your decisions or actions.
Tiredness or sleeping
Alcohol relaxes the muscles and mind, which can cause uncontrollable unconsciousness that can lead to drowning. It is important to stay awake and alert in the hot tub, hot tubs are a time for relaxation but the mind and body must be awake in order to stay safe while soaking.
Additional hot tub safety tips
- Do not soak alone
- Drink lots of water
- Keep your soak under 20 minutes
- Do not allow children under 12 in the hot tub, as the temperatures are too high for them
- Avoid dunking your head in the water
- Keep the hot tub temperature no higher than 40°C (104 °F)
- Keep the hot tub area clear to avoid slips
For more hot tub safety tips for your family, read our article on 10 ways to keep your inground hot tub safe for your kids.