Hot Tub Safety Tips
There are certain hot tub safety tips that all people should take into account to make sure that they enjoy the experience, without running unnecessary risks. Temperature is one of those variables that you should keep an eye out for. People who have been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure, as well as pregnant women should talk to their doctors and be aware of the health risks related to hot water exposure and elevated body temperature. In general, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission says that the temperature of the water in a hot tub should never be higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, since high temperature can cause drowsiness and unconsciousness, and potentially drowning.
Speaking of things that are high, hot tub water can magnify the effects of alcohol and some drugs, including prescription medication. Sip cold soda, ice water or juice while in the tub to eliminate the danger of inebriation, and consult a doctor about the possible ramifications of bathing under the influence of prescription drugs.
Children and the elderly can and should be allowed to enjoy the therapeutic and pleasurable effects of a hot tub, but only as long as the proper safety measures have been taken. In the case of children, who should be at least 5 years old, they should be gradually introduced into the water to let their bodies assimilate the change in temperature. It would be wise as well to lower the temperature and keep it under 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As for elderly individuals, they could benefit from the installation of bathtub mats such as the Invacare Bath Safety Treads, or the Invacare Non-Slip Bath Mat, to avoid hot tub slippage. Grab bars can also be helpful to get in and out of the tub without incident. Examples include the Chrome Knurled Granb Bars by Invacare Supply Group, and the Carex Textured Chrome Wall Grab Bars, by Apex/Carex Healthcare.
If you invite people into your hot tub, you should provide both a safe environment for guests and establish a set of rules for them to follow. And if you’re the guest, don’t enter a hot tub if you have diarrhea, don’t swallow the water or let it get into your mouth. Additionally, pay attention to strange odors and check for hot tub sides; they should be smooth and neither sticky nor slippery.
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