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POOL & SPA INDUSTRY

Hot Tub Safety: How To Stay Out Of Hot Water When You Are In It With domestic hot tubs and spas seeing a surge in demand, Carlene McAvoy, Leisure Safety Manager at RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) provides some useful safety advice when in and around these products

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espite our often unpredictable weather, hot tubs and home spas are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. This was especially so during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 when people were being told to stay at home and began to use garden space more for recreation. Many people purchased hot tubs or chose to staycation in the UK in properties that had hot tubs as a facility during this time. In addition to being great fun, hot tubs have many other benefits: relieving stress and providing relaxation. With their ability to be used all-year-round, in winter for warmth and in the summer for coolness, hot tubs can provide relief for aches and pains and help ease the tension built up in the body after a long day at work. Although the benefits of hot tubs are clear, it’s essential to follow the manufacturers’ instructions and keep safe in and around hot tubs. Correct installation by a fitting expert and regular maintenance, including sufficient cleaning, is key to ensuring an enjoyable and safe experience is had by all those who use them. Sadly, according to the Water Incident Database (WAID), six people have lost their lives in hot tubs since 2014 in the UK. RoSPA, along with other partner organisations such as the RNLI and RLSS UK, supports the National Water Safety Forum’s Drowning Prevention Strategy, which aims to reduce accidental drowning fatalities by a half by 2026. Part of this strategy is to increase awareness of everyday risk in, on and around water. RoSPA, therefore, wants to ensure that people have a good time in and around hot tubs but that they do so without harm or injury. Consequently, we suggest the following advice whilst using a hot tub: • Time should be limited: Current guidance suggests that hot tub sessions should not exceed 15 minutes at any one time. This is especially relevant for young children. Give yourself time to cool off before re-entering the hot tub. • Stay hydrated: Being in a hot tub dehydrates you, increasing your chances of heat exhaustion and fainting. Ensuring that you have plenty of water before, during and after your hot tub session can help reduce dizziness and feeling nauseous. • Be mindful of alcohol and medications: Alcohol and certain medications can

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further dehydrate you, impair your balance. If you want to have a few alcoholic drinks – you can enjoy them responsibly after your hot tub session. • Health conditions: If you have a serious health condition, speak with a health professional for advice before using the hot tub. Increased temperatures can affect blood pressure and an increased heart rate which may lead to dizzy spells. Get out right away if you experience these symptoms. If you have been feeling unwell recently or have any open wounds or infections, then avoid using the hot tub for at least 24 hours. • Children over the age of five can go in the hot tub: Make sure under-5s are supervised at all times and that their time in the tub is limited to very short sessions. • Watch your step: slips, trips and falls are common on wet surfaces. Enter and exit slowly and put some rubber mats or other tread down to make it safe for you and your family to enter and leave the tub. You may also wish to install a handrail if appropriate. • Watch the temperature: temperatures higher than 40ºC can result in a scald injury. Reputable brands will be factory

configured in such a way as to make this impossible. For families with young children, hot tubs can pose a serious drowning risk. To help keep children safe: • Always ensure children are supervised when in and around a hot tub • Explain the reasons to your children as to why they should not attempt access when you are not around • Cover it – make sure your hot tub is covered when not in use • Lock it – lock the hot tub straps to ensure restricted access for young children • Store chemicals safely: Ensure that any water treatment and cleaning materials are stored out of reach of young children • Warn children not to jump into the hot tub as this could cause slips, trips, scalds and injury to the eyes. Further information can be found by visiting www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/water/advice/ hot-tub-safety RoSPA 0121 248 2063 www.rospa.com

Although the benefits of hot tubs are clear, it’s essential to follow the manufacturers’ instructions and keep safe in and around hot tubs”

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