Hot tubs are the most wonderful things. With hot tubs, you can bask in the warmth of the squirting jets, enjoy their stress-relieving qualities. Indeed, a soak can do wonders for you. Hydrotherapy has been shown to alleviate the pain of arthritis, the high blood sugar of type 2 diabetes and even the insomnia millions of people face. But times do exist when hot tubs can be dangerous.
Safety measures for using hot tubs in your home
Regulate water temperature
Ideally, the water should be between 100 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is higher, you might be burned by the heat. To combat this problem, always have a water thermometer in the water and check it often. You can also fall asleep when the water is too warm and risk drowning, or you might suffer a heart attack.
Disinfect your tub
Another potential problem is that the water could become filled with harmful bacteria. As a result, you could get very ill from using your hot tubs. Sometimes, the bad bacteria build up, especially when hot tubs are indoors, and you can get a condition called ‘hot tubs lung.’ Therefore, you should regularly disinfect your tub to get rid of the micro-organisms.
Check the drain and drain covers
The drain and drain covers are two more potential hazards of hot tubs use. Indeed, if your drain cover does not work right, people’s hair could be pulled into the drain, lodging their heads there. Or, the drain itself might pull you into it, and this could cause a limb to get stuck or forced off. Again, children and the elderly face these dangers the most.
Protect your children
Most parents would not dream of leaving their young children unsupervised in a swimming pool. The same should apply when using a hot tub as drowning is a possibility and does happen. Fortunately, you can purchase covers which lock or have the area surrounding the hot tub fenced off if it is outdoors.
Hot tubs can be very enjoyable and relaxing places, but make sure you understand the safety measures. If you are unsure about any matter, make sure you ask a registered hot tubs dealer. Keep track of the chemical levels; the pH and alkalinity. You will be sitting comfortably in hot tubs if you recognize the dangers they pose.