Spa Safety Tips
If you have young children, you’re probably concerned about spa safety. Unfortunately, spas aren’t always suitable for children. Babies and younger children in particular are more susceptible to heat and injury, so a spa may be dangerous.
Luckily, we have four tips to make the spa a safer experience for your little ones.
- Height Matters
One of the major risks of spas is drowning. As a rule of thumb, young children shouldn’t be allowed in a spa unless they can stand on the bottom with their head clear out of the water.
Even if your child is big enough to stand comfortably in the spa, you should still be careful. The spa’s components could lead to serious injury. Tie up long hair or cover it completely with a swimming cap, and make sure your child’s fingers and toes stay well away from the spa’s suction holes.
- Too Much Heat Is A Bad Thing
Young children’s bodies are still developing, so they’re simply not equipped to deal with heat in the same way us adults are.
Your child should never stay in the spa for more than fifteen minutes at a stretch. It’s also a good idea to avoid full body immersion. Have them sit on a jump seat instead.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
When you’re submerged in hot water your body’s normal cooling mechanisms don’t work, and you can quickly become dehydrated. The risk of dehydration is greater in young children, as their bodies are less equipped to deal with overheating.
Always keep plenty of fresh water close at hand and encourage your children to drink regularly, so they stay hydrated.
- Never Let Children Use The Spa Unsupervised
Young children shouldn’t be allowed to use the spa unsupervised. At the very least, an adult should be in visual contact with them at all times.
It’s also a good idea to childproof your spa. Investing in a good quality cover will ensure your children won’t be able to use it unless you’re around.
Are you looking for safety equipment to childproof your spa or pool? Our team at Smith Pools can help make your spa safe for the entire family.