Hot Tub Safety for Kids
Hot tubs and swim spas are the best for private relaxation and family fun. At the same time, slippery surfaces, water and rowdy kids can be a recipe for disaster. Families can’t put aside safety considerations when using their swim spa with kids. So here are some useful tips to keep in mind when “child-proofing” your tub or spa:
This seems like a no-brainer but it can’t go unsaid as this is the most important advice and safety tip. Even a moment of distraction can result in unexpected accident. Be ready to say “no” or intervene if necessary, whenever they get too playful for their own good. Teach them the importance of swimming with an adult around, and that swimming alone is a big no-no.
According to The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, “infants and toddlers should not be permitted in a hot tub at all as babies’ thin skin makes them more susceptible to overheating. Also, since little ones have very little control over bodily functions, spas become unsanitary almost instantly when ‘accidents’ happen.“
Children shouldn’t be allowed into a hot tub or a spa until they can stand on the bottom and keep their heads completely out of the water unassisted. And they should not use it for longer than five minutes if the water temperature is 104 degrees (Fahrenheit), and no longer than fifteen minutes if the water’s 98 degrees. Remember, children’s smaller sizes affect how they cope with water temperature as well as depth. While tubs and spas aren’t exactly roller coasters, using an age and height limit can help prevent accidents.
Ensure the surroundings are clear of tripping hazards when using a swim spa with kids. Such as wine glasses, trikes, and Legos.
Make sure there are child-proof barriers around the tub or spa. This doesn’t just apply to your kids, but other children who might wander into your yard, and even critters.
Drink Fresh Water While Soaking
Swimming and playing in water can make it easy to lose track of hydration levels. Make sure they drink fresh water frequently and replenish their electrolytes with sports drinks if they’ve been in the water for an hour or more.
Talking to children about why they need to follow the rules can also help prevent accidents when swimming. Your guidelines for them can be fairly-simple. They will then be less prone to break your rules – like faking shouts for help, doing risky stunts, running, and roughhousing.
Lock Covers When Not In Use
After you are finished using your swim spa with kids ensure it’s covered and locked. Locking up when you are done can help guarantee they will not get back in when you’re not around. It also protects the water from random debris or animals looking to have a dip.
Be Safe in Your Swim Spa with Kids!
We hope you keep in mind these safety tips the next time you use your swim spa with kids. For further questions and inquiries, contact your swim spa experts today!