A hot tub (or call it Jacuzzi) in the backyard is a great place to relax at the end of the day or during a cool evening. When it comes to swimming pools, most people are aware of the safety requirements and necessary precaution to protect loved ones. Hot tubs sometimes get forgotten, but they require safety precautions too. There are a number of important factors to remember when it comes to keeping your hot tub safe and protecting your loved ones from drowning. The water may not be as deep but accidents can still happen so you need to be prepared.
This Hot Tub Index will offer you helpful ways to make sure your jacuzzi is ready to go whenever you want to use it.
- The technicalities. Maintain the sanitizer and water balance. It’s important to know that the level is adequate to keep the water healthy for you to enter as well as free of microorganisms that can cause problems. This means, making sure the total alkalinity and pH for the water is correct. If the water is in balance, the sanitizer will be more effective in controlling any bacteria issues.
- The supplies. Chemicals and spa supplies needed to maintain your spa may be purchased at any pool supply facility. Make sure the chemicals, additive, and cleaning compounds are in a cool, dry and ventilated area. Keep them out of direct sunlight and, of course, away from children. All labels should be read carefully and direction followed per the attached labels.
- The temperature. The National Spa and Pool Institute have called 104°F the maximum safe water temperature for adults and safe soaking time includes no more than 15 minutes. Infants and children should not be exposed to water more than 95F for no longer than 10 minutes. If a person has heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, or other serious illnesses, they should not enter a hot tub at all before they speak with their doctors.
- Cleaning the hot tub is as critical as cleaning your pool, so make sure you have the right chemicals and never use anything that has been stored or over a year. Keep all cleaning chemicals in a safe and locked location away from the hot tub so children and animals cannot get access. They also need to be kept out of direct sunlight and always follow the instructions and storage labels carefully.
- The others. Always have the power cutoff switch at least 5 feet away per the National Electric Code. NEVER have a phone, radio, TV or any other electrical device around the spa or pool. Keep the spa covered and locked when not in use. ALWAYS have supervision if children are using the spa.
The Most Important Hot Tub Safety
Having a fence around your hot tub can protect from drowning in the same way as it does around your pool. Your hot tub likely has a cover, but this can easily be removed, which makes the fence a necessary resource for keeping people out of the hot tub area. Installing a fence with a self-latching gate will keep your loved ones and pets away from the hot tub just in case the lid gets left off. In addition to keeping people out of the hot tub when you are not around, it is also important to make sure the water and equipment are safe. The sanitizer and water must always be balanced in order to keep the water free from harmful microorganisms that can cause health problems. You also need the alkalinity to be correct to prevent problems and bacteria growth.
A hot tub is a great place to relax and even entertain friends, but it is also a big responsibility. You need to protect your loved ones and ensure that the water is safe to use at all times. With these helpful hot tub tips, you can be assured that your hot tub will be safe and ready to enjoy all year round. Call us with any questions or concerns to make sure your hot tub is both safe and fun.
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