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Water Safety Awareness Month began this May, and as a company in the hot tub industry we must emphasize the importance of water safety. According to the CDC drowning ranks 5th amongst unintentional injuries and deaths, with an average of 10 cases per day. Children happen to be at the highest risk within this category. This is why it’s so important to take measures for water safety in and around your hot tub. Here are our tips for hot tub safety:
1. Supervision is Essential
We cannot emphasize more that using a hot tub alone can be dangerous! Especially do not let children use the hot tub without adult supervision. Make sure you are either in the hot tub or within a few feet of the tub at all times while children are playing. It only takes a single moment for a child to drown, and it is important that you are able to act as quickly as possible if it happens.
2. Educate Yourself and All Hot Tub Users
Make sure you understand where the potential danger zones of a hot tub are, such as the filter and the different suctions and drains. Places where hair could get stuck and potentially drown someone are important to identify. It may also be important to learn CPR so you know how to proceed if someone does drown, until a medical professional can arrive at the scene.
3. Swim Lessons for Young Children
Making sure your young ones know how to swim from an early age can help alleviate some of the worry associated with drowning risk. Your child’s swimming abilities will not eliminate the need for supervision and other safety precautions, but it will offer more peace of mind.
4. Spa Covers with Locks Ensure Extra Safety
Spa covers with locks will ensure no one but you can get into the hot tub. This will eliminate the possibility of a child opening the cover up themselves and entering the tub unattended. If you have an in ground tub a hot tub cover is especially necessary so no one falls into the tub having not noticed it existed. If you don’t have a hot tub cover, Hot Tub Things makes custom covers with locking mechanisms that you can order on our website. Be sure to look into a custom cover if you don’t already have one!
If you have any more questions about hot tub cover safety, then feel free to contact Hot Tub Things!