Hot tubs offer numerous health benefits. Many people use them to relieve pain in tired, aching muscles and joints, as well as physical and mental relaxation. Having a hot tub in your back yard is like having your own private spa.
Hot tubs provide many therapeutic benefits, but they can also cause serious injuries, even death, if used incorrectly or without proper safety measures. Common hot tub injuries include: cuts and bruises; fractures and broken bones; head injuries; overheating and burns; and drowning. Hot tub owners must take proper safety measures to prevent accidents and injuries.
If you have children and a hot tub in your back yard, adult supervision is essential to prevent accidents. Unlike adults who relax in a hot tub, young child like to play and splash around in the water. If children are left unattended in a hot tub, there’s a possibility for serious accidents and injuries, including drowning if a child is knocked unconscious in a fall.
Many hot tub injuries result from falls inside and around the hot tub. Areas around the hot tub should have non-slip flooring materials to prevent falls and serious injuries. If you install your hot tub on your patio or deck, use rubber mats and non-slip sand paint near the hot tub to prevent falls. If your hot tub is near steps, use anti-skid stair treads.
When the water in your hot tub is too hot it can cause elevated body temperatures that lead to dizziness and fainting, as well as serious burns. Experts recommend a maximum water temperature of 104 degree Fahrenheit, and a maximum soaking time of 15 minutes. Adults with diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, as well as infants, toddlers, and pregnant women should avoid hot tubs.
Suction outlets and exposed drains in hot tubs can cause serious injuries, especially to children. If drains aren’t properly covered, strong suction can cause body entrapment or entanglement and drowning. To prevent accidents, hot tub drain covers should be regularly inspected and meet industry safety standards. For more information and help with hot tub accidents and injuries, click here.