What Parents Need to Know About Hot Tub Safety
If you have young children, you’re probably concerned about hot tub safety. Unfortunately, hot tubs aren’t always suitable for children. Babies and younger children in particular are more susceptible to heat and injury, so a hot tub may be dangerous.
Luckily, we have four tips to make the hot tub a safer experience for your little ones.
- Height Matters
One of the major risks of hot tubs is drowning. As a rule of thumb, young children shouldn’t be allowed in a hot tub 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 hot tub, you should still be careful. The hot tub’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 hot tub’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 hot tub for more than fifteen minutes at a stretch, irrespective of its temperature. 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 Hot Tub Unsupervised
Young children shouldn’t be allowed to use the hot tub 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 hot tub. 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 hot tub? Our team at Smith Pools can help make your hot tub safe for the entire family.