While soaking in a warm hot tub is relaxing for adults, it can pose serious risks to young children. Infants and toddlers should not be allowed in a hot tub, according to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP). Children of any age should never be left alone in a hot tub without adult supervision. For more information on safety rules for children, follow the list below.
4 Hot Tub Safety Rules for Your Kids
1. Keep Kids Out
As with pools or any open water, it’s important to keep kids out of harm’s way by covering the area. Most hot tubs come with a locking cover, which can only be opened with a key. Otherwise, you can purchase a hard cover to secure the spa when it’s not in use.
The temperature should be set to 104 degrees or lower if children are using the spa with you. They should not be in the water for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time, and you should never let them immerse their full body into the water. Teens and even adults should not stay in the tub for more than 30 minutes at a time.
3. Stay Hydrated
To prevent overheating and dehydration, it’s important to offer children plenty of fresh drinking water while they’re in the spa. Give them their own sports bottle of ice water and encourage them to sip frequently during the soak.
4. Cover Suction Drains
Powerful suction drains are at the bottom of the hot tub; they can pull clothing, hair, and limbs of small children in and drag them under the water. To prevent this from happening, make sure the drains are properly covered. There should also be an off-switch nearby that can be quickly located during an emergency.
It’s essential to maintain a safe environment for kids while enjoying your spa. Visit the professionals at Lexington Billiards & Spas in Kentucky to learn more about hot tub safety, and view the wide range of spa and Jacuzzi® hot tubs they have in stock. They also carry billiard pool tables, along with trampolines, grills, and other fun accessories for outdoor and indoor play. To learn more, call (859) 255-7639 or visit them online.