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The time to use your swimming pool this season has either already come to an end or will quickly be coming to an end with winter on the horizon. The swimming pool contractors from A Clear Choice Pool & Spa in Menifee, CA offer hot tub safety tips for everyone because when the pool has been closed, many families find they spend much more time in the hot tub and spa than they did during the summer — and who can blame them!

Hot tub safety tips for everyone

Some of these tips may seem obvious, but it is never a bad idea to review them with friends and family.

  1. Never use the hot tub alone. This goes for children and adults. Even if you are in the hot tub alone, you shouldn’t be out of doors alone without someone in viewing proximity. When it comes to children in the hot tub, you should be always at arms’ length.
  2. Don’t drink alcohol and use the hot tub. It may be relaxing to sip wine and soak, but the combination of dehyrdration from the heated water and from the alcohol can be risky. Keep your imbibing confined to those times when you’re relaxing next to the hot tub, not in it.
  3. Make certain the “main drain” in the hot tub is properly covered. The main drains cause powerful suction which can snag your hair and keep you underwater and lead to drowning. Keep your head above water and your hair in a bun on top of your head.
  4.  Turn the heat down a degree or two. You will save money and chances are with a slight dip in temperature, no one will even notice! The maximum heat level for your hot tub shouldn’t exceed 102 degrees and you should only stay in for about 15 minutes when the water is at that level. If you want to soak longer, turn the temperature down.
  5. Check with your doctor to make certain that soaking in the hot tub is safe. If you’re pregnant, have high blood pressure or have other health concerns, you should ask him if it’s safe for you. In some instances, a soak will be beneficial, but it’s better to be safe.
  6. Don’t forget to keep the water clean and free of bacteria. When you heat the water, you’re contributing to the growth of bacteria and that’s why it’s so important to keep the water clean, chemically balanced and sanitized.

Ask us for other hot tub soaking safety tips to make certain that every time you’re in the the hot tub is a safe, fun and enjoyable one for you and your entire family. We provide both swimming pool and hot tub and spa maintenance services throughout the year. If you’re tired of caring for your own hot tub or pool, give us a call and we can give you an estimate for cleaning — you may be pleasantly surprised at the potential for cost savings.

Don’t forget when you’re factoring in the cost of pool and hot tub maintenance that you also need to factor in the “cost” of the time it takes you to keep your hot tub and pool clean. If your free time is limited, it may make sense to leave the maintenance to the pros so you can spend your free time enjoying the water and your family!