Soaking in your hot tub can be a truly relaxing experience, which makes it exceptionally easy to lose track of time. It’s good to know just how long it’s safe to stay in the warm, jet-drive water. There are some other safety tips you should be aware of too so that you can make the most of your spa time and relax safely.
In this article, we take a closer look at just how long you should stay inside a hot tub for and other things you can do to create a safer experience.
Staying Safe While You Soak
We recommend a safe soak time of 15 to 45 minutes at a temperature of 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are new to hot tubs, you may want to start with shorter soaks and gradually work your way up to this extended time.
If you stay in a hot tub for too long, you are at risk of the following:
- heat rash
- heat stroke
If you are dehydrated or you’re drinking alcohol, these symptoms can be worsened. You should always drink plenty of water when you are enjoying your hot tub.
Even if you like to soak in hot water, it can be doing you more harm than good. The temperature of your hot tub should never exceed 104°F.
Risk Factors and Hot Tub Time
Other risk factors that may affect the time you can stay in your hot tub include:
- Age: Children under five years should not be allowed into your hot tub. Children over the age of ten years should only stay in the water for ten minutes at a time. Elderly people should also limit their time to 10-15 minutes.
- Health: People who suffer from conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, circulation problems, and skin conditions such as psoriasis should consult their doctor before using a hot tub.
- Pregnancy: Pregnant women should stay out of any hot tub with a water temperature that is above 102°F. If in doubt, stay out. If you are pregnant and wish to soak in a hot tub, speak with your doctor or midwife first to be certain it’s a safe option for you.
Keep Your Hot Tub Clean
Maintain a clean hot tub by cleaning and maintaining the water regularly. Routine water maintenance consists of:
- Testing the water using test strips or a kit
- Cleaning the water with appropriate water care products
- Draining, cleaning and refilling the spa every three to four months
- Cleaning the filter regularly, including rinsing it weekly, giving it a deeper clean once a month, and replacing it annually.
Showering or bathing before you use your hot tub can help prevent bacteria and body oils from entering the water with you.
Create a Safe Spa Installation
- Add exterior lighting to your hot tub installation and backyard living space. This can help guide you and your guests from the house to the hot tub safely, and vice versa.
- Add non-slip stairs to create an easier and safer entrance and exit to the spa.
- Keep a first aid kit nearby in the case of an accident.
- Use a quality cover to secure the hot tub when it’s not in use. Not only will this help to keep unsupervised guests from using your spa (including children, pets and wildlife), but it can also help to reduce operational costs by improving heat retention.
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We hope you found this information helpful. We have more useful information on how you can benefit from hot tubs in our health section. Our team at Spa Palace is always here to help you. You’ll find our owner resource section packed with tips on how to maximize your hot tub experience along with our most frequently asked questions.
Contact us today at Spa Palace so we can show you our selection of hot tubs and we can discuss ideas for incorporating your hot tub of choice into your outdoor living space! Let’s find the perfect hot tub for your needs together!