The Most Common Risks of Owning a Hot Tub

Hot tubs offer a luxurious way to unwind and socialize. The bubbling waters and warm jets offer a relaxing spa-like experience in your home that feels classy and unburdening at the same time. However, hot tubs aren’t all spa days and late-night soaks. Here are a few of the most common risks of owning a hot tub and what you should keep in mind when using your jacuzzi.

Skin Reactions and Infections

It may be tempting to spend all day in the hot tub, but extended exposure often results in skin irritation and unfortunate rashes. The hot tub’s combination of higher temperatures and the chemicals in the water can worsen conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

You can also develop “hot tub rash,” which is a series of red, itchy bumps that nobody wants to deal with if you don’t properly sanitize the water. You can reduce these risks by maintaining proper chemical levels in your pool and remembering to rinse off both before and after using the hot tub.

Electrical and Lightning Hazards

Hot tubs contain complex electrical systems to power the jets and maintain the water’s temperature. Inspecting these components for loose wiring, corrosion, or damage is crucial to prevent electrocution. It’s a great idea for hot tub owners to install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) that can immediately shut off power in case of a fault.

Hot tub owners should also be aware of lightning whenever the skies start looking a little dark. Being in a jacuzzi during a lightning storm is incredibly dangerous and could lead to electrocution. Watch for the signs that a storm is headed your way and take appropriate action. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when mixing lightning with hot tubs.

Dehydration

Despite being surrounded by water, dehydration is one of the most common risks of owning a hot tub. The increased temperatures can result in sweating more than normal, which can lead to dizziness, headaches, and other side effects.

It’s okay to use a hot tub for a while, but you want to remember to drink water while you’re in there. Prolonged hot tub exposure can increase your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. We recommend stepping out of the hot tub and drinking some water to regulate your body and rehydrate if you start to feel dizzy.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips and falls are common if you’re not careful when getting in and out of the hot tub, so always be aware. You should always have and use handrails to help you get in and out, as the jets may be strong enough to knock you off balance. Take caution when moving around the hot tub. We advise homeowners to install slip-proof surfaces around the jacuzzi to make it easier for people to move around with minimal risk.

Hot tub owners can continue to enjoy the benefits of their investment with a sense of security and peace of mind by being aware of and addressing these common risks.

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