Your hot tub is a carefree place of relaxation for family and friends, and to help ensure that, here are a few things to keep in mind:
The more the merrier?
Your hot tub was built to seat a specific number of people – just like a car. Can you squeeze in just one more? Before anyone uses the hot tub, decide how many people you’ll allow in the hot tub, comfortably and safely. For additional seating, consider putting chairs around the outside of the hot tub.
Underlying health issues
People with heart or breathing problems may want to avoid a hot tub. The hot water could cause them to overheat, which can tax the heart and lungs. You can always turn down the temperature to 90 degrees. If you do, give your hot tub a day or two to cool down. Always monitor your hot tub’s temperature.
If you have too many people who want to use the jacuzzi and/or people with underlying health issues who should not use it – make the time together fun and relaxing in different ways. Set up comfortable seating outside the hot tub, so people can enjoy talking with those who are soaking. Set up a screen for shows, movies or games everyone can enjoy. Set up a firepit or lighting so people can read. Set up a bar area for snacks and conversations. The hot tub may be the highlight, but it’s also an option.
Keep it Clean
To help minimize the effect of people getting in the hot tub, ask everyone to shower beforehand. A simple Google search will show you hundreds of outdoor shower options to make it easy to follow this rule. Then sanitizers like FROG will not have to work as hard to ensure clean, clear water. Don’t forget – FROG kill bacteria 2 ways – with a low level of chlorine and fresh minerals. Keeping your water properly balanced will also help with water that is comfortable and good to soak in.
Easy In and Out
Make sure your hot tub is safe and easy to get in and out of. Provide steps if needed along with grab bars and good lighting. Ensure that the surface outside the hot tub is not slippery; provide non-slip rugs or mats to prevent slipping and keep them dry.
How long can you stay in the hot tub?
“Too much of a good thing” is a cliché because it has some truth to it. Almost anyone can get too hot soaking in a hot tub, and overheating can happen without people realizing it. Be vigilant about keeping your hot tub at the right temperature. And limit soaking time.
Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion: headache, nausea, and fatigue. If you or anyone in your hot tub experience these signs, get out of the hot tub, drink a lot of water, and take a cold shower.
Drinking alcohol in the hot tub
Hot water amplifies the impact of alcohol, and that applies when you’re in the hot tub. Set limits AND monitor how much you’re drinking, drink responsibly. Drink water, along with other beverages to stay hydrated. Always use plastic – pour beverages into plastic containers – go get some fun ones to enjoy!
As the hot tub owner, you are responsible for the health and well-being of people who use your hot tub. Review your rental insurance or homeowner’s policy to ensure that it will cover liabilities from a hot tub. If it doesn’t, contact a professional insurance agent.