Spa Safety Tips for Washington and Oregon Owners

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Walking to the Hot Tub It is crucial that you maintain the path to your hot tub during the cold, rainy, snowy season. Ensure that the path is illuminated during the evening and clear of debris, ice, and snow. You should always have footwear for better traction to avoid falling.

Removing the Hot tub Cover Before removing the cover, unlock the cover locks and use a broom to brush away debris and snow. Avoid using a rake as it can puncture the hot tub cover. If you do not have a cover lifter, see a hot tub professional about getting one installed.

Cover lifters can help you avoid the aches and pains of dragging a cover off a hot tub. Note that hot tub covers should be replaced every three to five years, but may need to be replaced sooner in areas with harsh weather. If your cover is unusually heavy, you should replace it. A heavy cover can damage your lifter and hot tub, and, potentially your body if lifted incorrectly.

Entering the Hot Tub If you have hot tub steps that are made of wood, periodically inspect them to ensure they are in good condition. If you have steps that do not have a non-slip feature, see a hot tub professional about adding one. For all types of hot tub steps, ensure they are sturdy and are not covered with ice before entering the hot tub.

If you have a safety rail, use it. If you do not, consult a hot tub professional about installing one. For hot tubs that do not have steps or safety rails, sit on the edge (bar top) of the hot tub and place both feet firmly in the hot tub to avoid slipping during hot tub entry. Make sure to ease in gradually. Entering the hot tub from the cooling-off seat/entry step is advised for your safety.

Soaking in the Hot Tub Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Bathing in water over 104 degrees Fahrenheit is not recommended. Hot tub bather’s tolerance levels vary in regard to the duration one can bath, but the recommended time one should spend in a hot tub is 15 minutes.

Exiting the Hot Tub Use both hands and ensure that your feet are firmly planted while in contact with the hot tub shell, steps, and ground. Doing so will help prevent falls.

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