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Hot Tub Safety

Hot Tub Safety

Safety this should be our top priority in all aspects of life. It should be above and beyond our other concerns. We should ensure the safety in the food that we eat, on the road while we drive, in our house and in all things that we do. You should also think of safety in your hot tub? Yes, I know. The hot tub is the place where we forget all our worries in life, where we can have peace of mind and relax our body. Given these reasons, we should be aware of safety in the hot tub. A safe hot tub means a trouble free experience. Here are some easy and practical hot tub safety tips.

Outdoor Hot tubs

An outdoor hot tub is probably the mostly preferred by many spa owners. It is more fun to conduct a hot tub party if it is outside the house. Outdoor hot tubs are relatively larger than an indoor spa because its main purpose is to accommodate a group of people. Thus, it occupies more space making it more exposed to debris and other undesirable objects and organisms. Examples of which are falling leaves from trees, insects dust and rubbish like plastic bags and paper. The leaves and insects may trigger allergies and other skin irritations and diseases to those who are using the hot tub. It is highly recommended that outdoor hot tubs be installed in a location with minimum falling debris, it also ideal to install it in a terrace with a roof and use a hot tub cover when not in use.

Hot Tub Water

A well maintained hot tub gives pleasure while a neglected spa brings mental pressure. Well, please forgive my poetry skills here. What I am trying to say is that a hot tub will always function and perform at its peak level if it is well maintained. If you take care of it, it will also take care of you. On the other hand, a spa that is ignored may cause a lot of trouble and the most prevalent are skin problems. While you are relaxing in your hot tub, micro-organisms can also be present as a hot tub is an ideal breeding ground for certain bacteria. However a properly maintained spa with correctly treated water will avoid this. If not treated correctly the water can give you nasty rashes or other skin diseases. You do not want this to happen do you. In order to prevent bacterial growth, the water should be emptied, cleaned and refilled every three months. The correct water balance should be in place and this includes the correct amount of chemicals for your spa. To kill bacteria a sanitizer is required. The most common sanitizer is chlorine. For a small spa chlorine can be purchased in granular or tablet form. However adding chlorine changes the ph of the water and this must be addressed so the PH remains stable. Not only will chlorine kill bacteria it will also prevent algae growth. The ph level is very important as too much acid is very corrosive while to much alkaline can cause calcium deposits (scale) on the plumbing system. Testing the water is important and can be done in various ways. You can have a test kit where the colour changes due to chemical reaction and can be compared on a colour chart. You can use test strips that you dip into the water which changes colour and you can compare this to a colour chart. Or there is an electronic meter that will show the exact ph level. Chemical can then be added until the correct balance of the PH is correct.

Skimmers

Most spas have a skimmer that removes leaves oil and dirt from the surface of the water and collets it usually in a plastic screen. If the debris collected is too much it can cause the pump to loose its prime causing damage. If this happens you should turn off the pump before removing the rubbish from the screen. You should use extreme caution while emptying the skimmer basket when the pump is running as the suction can pull your hand into the skimmer opening and possibly break your fingers.

Drains

Dual drains are important because you can inadvertently cover a drain with your hand or foot so a second drain is used to pull in the water. Some drains are fitted with an anti vortex drain cover to prevent a whirlpool effect. Playing with the main drain can cause injury and long hair can become trapped so everyone using a hot tub must be educated to the problem of playing with the main drain and warning signs posted.

Warning Signs

Warning signs should be posted and prominently displayed near your spa. Signs to be displayed should include maximum bather load, first aid techniques in case of emergency, display an emergency phone number, hot tub rules should be displayed and a sign for an emergency shut off should also be on display. Safety barriers Quite a few jurisdictions require some sort of fence or safety barrier around your hot tub or spa to prevent drowning. Deaths and injury could be prevented if common sense is used by having a safety barrier for your hot tub as well as a proper hot tub cover. Hot tub covers are a must if you have children around and they can be fitted with locks that only an adult should be able to open. Hot tub safety should be a top priority for spa owners. It is best for you and your family. Many children have drowned because safety has been broken and they could easily have been prevented if hot tub safety had actually been in use. .