Having a hot tub or standalone spa is a wonderful and relaxing addition to the home. But safety still needs to be your top priority. Promoting safety first ensures that your leisure time is free of accidents. Just as you would with a pool, following simple, common-sense water safety tips gets you halfway there. But, there are additional considerations you need to consider for spa safety.
Spa Safety: How a Spa is Different From a Pool?
General Water Safety
Some water safety tips apply to both pools and spas, so if you have a pool you may already be familiar with these.
- 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 so children cannot access them is essential. In-ground spas should have a spa cover to keep people and debris out. An anchored cover is the best type as it can support the weight of someone who inadvertently falls on to the cover.
- Safety Fence: A pool safety fence is another essential option. You get a physical barrier to prevent climbing or a child could from squeezing through. Make sure you have self-closing and self-latching gates 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 limits the dangers of electrocution. 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.
- Special Consideration for High Temperature: Some pools are heated but they do not get as hot as a spa. A spa should never have its temperature set above 104 °F but sometimes thermostats get stuck. You must have a clearly visible thermometer to verify the temperature before getting in the water. Some medications can also 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. Warn any guests about the potential dangers of being in hot temperatures if they are currently taking any of these medications. It is also advised to avoid alcohol when using a spa. High temperature and alcohol don’t mix and alcohol can increase your feelings of intoxication. This can compromise judgment and even lead to unconsciousness.
- Stronger Suction: Compared to the pumps that circulate water in your pool, those in a spa are significantly stronger. A spa pump is relatively small which means there’s a lot of power and a smaller volume of water. Your guests are also closer to the intakes and jets making them a potential hazard. Loose swimsuits, hair, and jewelry can also easily be sucked into pumps, potentially trapping someone. They can tire as they struggle to free themselves and slip under the water. 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 at all times.
- Smaller Water Features: One of the biggest threats to hot tub safety is the relaxed attitude people take. Just because it is smaller than a pool and is designed for relaxation, people don’t respect the real dangers. Spa safety helps keep you and your guests healthy and uninjured.
Your spa is an important investment as well as your own private oasis away from the world. We are here to help you keep your friends and family safe. It will not be a relaxing place to be if it becomes a hazard to use. Maintain proper spa safety and reach out to us today for spa covers or fences to make sure your spa zone stays safe and fun.