If you have a hot tub attached to your pool or a standalone spa, safety needs to be your top priority. Your spa is a private oasis of relaxation as well as a great way to entertain guests, but safety helps keep your leisure time free of accidents. Just as with a pool, following simple, common-sense water safety tips gets you halfway there. But a spa adds a few other considerations that you need to be aware of as a responsible spa owner.
Spa Safety: How a Spa is Different From a Pool?
General Water Safety
While there are several important differences, there are some water safety tips you may already be familiar with, especially if you have a pool.
- Keep The Area Secure: In many places, it is required by your building code, insurance carrier, or HOA to keep pools and spas safe. Keeping these areas protected from access by children is essential. Larger, in-ground spas can benefit from having a spa cover to keep people and debris out. An anchored cover is the best type to support the weight of someone who inadvertently enters the water.
- Safety Fence: A pool safety fence is another great option. These give you a physical barrier to prevent climbing or a child could from squeezing through. Using self-closing and self-latching gates is important for additional safety. A properly secured fence surrounding your spa helps create a safer pool environment, even if a child gets away from their supervising adult.
- CPR And First Aid Training: If you want to improve the safety of a hot tub, you should be certified in CPR and first aid. These valuable life-saving skills help you know what to do in an emergency. Every backyard pool or hot tub should have a well-stocked first-aid kit in case of any emergencies.
- Create A Hazard Free Area: Keep the spa clear of common hazards such as glass containers, electrical appliances, or any tripping or entanglement hazards. This helps limit electrocution danger. Broken glass will appear invisible underwater and poses a serious danger and loose towels or objects that could contribute to a slip or fall.
Additional Considerations For Spas
Many of these general pool safety rules apply to spas too, but there are special considerations because of the differences spas have from pools. Knowing these differences and the challenges they create will play an important role in your spa safety plan. High Temperature Adds
Some pools are heated but they rarely get anywhere near as hot as a spa. A spa should never have its temperature set above 104 °F but sometimes thermostats get stuck. You need to make sure you have a clearly visible thermometer to warn you before you or guests get in the water. Some medications can be affected by immersion in warmer temperatures. Medications that affect circulation, such as blood pressure medication and blood thinners, can cause their users to be more susceptible to heat-related effects. If you know or suspect a guest may be on medications, warn them about the potential dangers of being in hot temperatures. In addition to some prescription medications, high temperature and alcohol don’t mix. Alcohol can make you far more prone to temperature-related ailments and increase your feelings of intoxication. This can compromise judgment and even lead to unconsciousness. Avoid alcohol consumption before or during your spa session.
Suction Can Feel Stronger
Compared to the pumps that are responsible for circulating water through your pool, a spa pump is relatively small. This means there’s a lot of power and a smaller volume of water. Plus your guests are closer to the intakes and jets. That means they represent a hazard you should be aware of. Loose swimsuits, hair, and jewelry can easily be sucked in, potentially trapping someone at or near the water’s edge. If they become tired, unable to free themselves and slip under the water, the result can be tragic. Make sure you and your guests are wearing tight-fitting clothes without loose pieces and keep long hair tied up. Watch carefully for anyone showing signs of distress, in case you need to offer assistance.
Smaller Water Features
One of the biggest threats to hot tub safety is the lax attitude people take. Just because it is smaller, it is thought to be for relaxing or entertaining. People just don’t respect the danger of hazards in and around it. Spa safety helps keep you and your guests healthy and uninjured. Your spa is an important investment as well as your relaxing oasis from the world. We are here to help you keep your friends and family safe and your spa protected from the elements. Reach out to us today for spa covers or fences to make sure your spa zone stays safe and fun.