Hot tubs are becoming increasingly popular in the UK due to their social, stress-relieving and relaxation benefits. Whether you are lucky enough to have one in your garden or home or you have the opportunity to use one on holiday, it is important to stay safe at all times when using hot tubs.
What is the risk?
Between 2014 and 2020, six people have fatally drowned accidentally in hot tubs in the UK.
Incidents can happen if children are left unsupervised whilst using the hot tub or the hot tub is left uncovered when not in use. Slips trips and falls around hot tubs can also be a danger which may be amplified by slippery surfaces, medical conditions or the effects of alcohol.
How to minimise the risk
When considering Hot Tub safety for children who are around the home or hotel:
- Buy (or make sure that) the hot tub has a solid and lockable cover - one that a child can only open with adult help
- Make sure your hot tub is covered when not in use
- Supervise – always ensure children are supervised when around an open hot tub
- Store chemicals safely – ensure they are stored out of reach of young children
- Children under five should not go in a hot tub
Hot tub safety for adults
- Be mindful of alcohol use. If you want to have a few alcoholic drinks – you can enjoy them responsibly after your hot tub session
- Keep hydrated by drinking water before and after a hot tub session as this can help reduce dizziness and feeling nauseous
- Stick to 15 minutes per session
- Watch your step – slips, trips and falls are common on wet surfaces. Put some rubber mats or other tread down to make it safer as you enter and leave the tub
- Medication - can further dehydrate you and cause balance issues. If you have a serious health condition, speak with a health professional for advice before using the hot tub
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