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Quick Steps of Hot Tub Safety for Kids

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

It is a good rule of thumb to make sure that toddlers and infants should not be left alone in hot tubs. The lack of control over their bodies make them susceptible to accidents. True, that hot tubs can be extremely fun for the entire family, but everyone should be aware of safety issues surrounding kids at the hot tub. The good news is that with a bit of practicality, the risks can be managed. So what should we do?

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Hot Tub Covers

Obviously, the easiest way to make hot tubs safe is to make sure that kids do not find their way into it on their own. In this instance, one of the most effective ways is to have a hot tub cover installed to keep kids out. There are many high quality tubs that already have locking covers, which means that a key will be needed to have it opened.

In case your tub does not come with one, you can always purchase one. Make sure though that the locking mechanism is one that a kid will not be able to easily open. Opt for locks that require a key, just make sure that it is beyond the reach of the kids.

You can never be too careful so you may also want to install a pool fence to go with your tub cover. This will restrict access to the tub and will provide more privacy as well. Ensure that the fence has the appropriate height to keep the kids out. Mesh pool fence is a wise option as well.

Safety for Babies

Generally, the appropriate age for kids using the hot tub should be at least 6 years, which means babies should be safely kept away. This is because their small bodies can be affected by the temperature of the water. Considering that babies do not have the ability to communicate their discomfort effectively, this can be quite dangerous.

Babies can also crawl, walk, and allow their natural curiosity to take over. This can lead to accidents that can have dangerous consequences.

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Usually, tubs will have a suction drain at the bottom. This may seem quite harmless for an adult, but for babies, this can mean potential danger. For the small-bodied infant, the force of the suction can be powerful enough to trap hair, limbs, or other body parts that can prevent kids from reaching the water surface.

This can be prevented though by simply using appropriate drain covers to prevent anyone from being stuck. You may also opt for a tub model that features a dual drain system to decrease the suction power and lower the risk of kids getting sucked into it.

Be aware as well of the emergency off switch of the tub drain. This is extremely helpful when an emergency arises.

Safety Tips

Let’s say that kids are already in the tub, to make sure that it remains an enjoyable moment with the least worry for safety, here are some suggested safety tips you can try.

  • Make sure that you keep the temperature of the water in the tub under 95 degrees;
  • Kids should not be allowed to stay in the water for more than 15 minutes, but you may allow them to dangle their legs in the water;
  • Teens and adults must also refrain from staying in the tub for more than 30 minutes; and
  • Pregnant women must consult with their physicians before using the hot tub.

Maintenance Tips

Keeping a well-maintained hot tub is another way to ensure the safety of its users. If proper maintenance is not observe, it is possible for users to get rashes and even infections. Using sterilizing systems should help you keep infectious diseases away from your tub.

Make sure that the filters are replaced regularly to keep the water clean. You may perform the minor maintenance work yourself, but make sure that a professional checks it regularly to evaluate the efficiency of the system. Preventive maintenance work also helps identify potential problems early so that the life of the tub is extended.

By following a few simple steps and establishing rules on hot tub usage with your kids, the potential safety risks can be prevented. Contact us for assistance whenever you want to install one.

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