Hot tubs are a great way to relax and have fun with friends, family, and even by yourself. But it's important to stay safe when using a hot tub - especially if you're not familiar with the safety guidelines. Indeed, many vacationers enjoy spending time in a hotel or resort hot tub as part of their holiday. With this in mind, there are five important tips to stay safe in a hotel or resort hot tub:
- Check water temperature
- Do not overstay
- Do not drink alcohol
- Shower before and after use
- Supervise children
- Do not use when tired
- Do not use alone
Check Water Temperature
Make sure you confirm water temperature before getting into a resort or hotel hot tub. Water temperatures higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit can cause serious harm due to overheating. Therefore, it really is imperative that you make sure the temperature is within a safe range before getting in the water. You also need to be certain that a resort or hotel’s hot tub thermometer is operating appropriately. Time and again, a resort or hotel’s hot tub thermometer is not operating correctly, resulting in injuries to guests.
Do Not Overstay
There is an age-old cliché about everything in moderation. This holds true for hot tub usage.
Don't stay in for too long. The effects of overheating can increase with time. Limit your exposure to no more than 20 minutes at any one time.
Do Not Drink Alcohol
Don't drink alcohol while using the hot tub. The reality is that a likely majority of adults do imbibe when in a hot tub. However, the fact that many people do this does not mean it is safe. Alcohol can lead to dehydration and disorientation. These can both be particularly dangerous while using a hot tub.
Shower Before and After Resort or Hotel Hot Tub Use
Shower before and after using a resort or hotel hot tub. By definition and design, a common resort or hotel hot tub is shared between many people. It is important to keep clean by showering before and after each use. This also helps prevent any germs or bacteria from entering your body through open wounds or cuts on your skin that may occur during use of the hot tub.
Do Not Let Children Use Resort or Hotel Hot Tub Without Supervision
Children should never enter a hotel hot tub without supervision from an adult due to their small size and lack of understanding of how unsafe it could be if they become over-heated or confused about their surroundings. As an aside, the amount of time pre-teens should stay in a hot tub should be limited to between five and 15 minutes. In addition, the best practice is for hot tun water to be at a lower temperature than that commonly seen as safe for adults and older minors.
Do Not Use Hot Tub When Tired
As appealing as it might be, do not get into a resort or hotel hot tub when you are tired. Many people do this as a means of relieving a final bit of stress before calling it a day. The reality is that every year, an alarming number of people are injured or drown because they are not fully alert and are tired when they enter a hot tub.
Do Not Use Resort or Hotel Hot Tub Alone
Many people also find taking a break from the day (or night) by soaking in a hot tub alone very appealing. The reality is that hot tubbing alone is not a wise practice. If you experience some type of issue while alone in a hot tub, there will be no one on hand to assist. Not only children, but adults should not enjoy a resort or hotel hot tub by themselves.
Hot Tub Injuries and a Doan Law Firm Aquatic Accident Lawyer to Fight for Your Rights
If you or a loved one were injured in a resort or hotel aquatic accident involving a hot tub, the legal team at The Doan Law Firm is here for you around the clock. You can reach us at any time by calling our resort or hotel aquatic accident lawyer team at (800) 349-0000.
We can schedule a no-cost and no-obligation initial consultation with you at any one of our 40 offices across the country, at your home, at any other location that is convenient for you, or online. The Doan Law Firm has an attorney fee guarantee for you. Our firm will never charge an attorney fee unless we win your aquatic accident injury case for you.