Getting in and out of your hot tub safely
Spas and hot tubs can be slippery and so, just like in so many things, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.
Slippery when wet.
Hot tubs and spas are fantastic places for you, your family and your friends to relax, unwind and have fun but like everything, they need to be treated with a certain respect if everyone is going to stay safe.
The smoothe, curved sides and seating in a hot tub make it a comfortable place to be once you are in but you do need to take a little extra care on getting in and out.
Essentially, what you need to do is to find a flat and level place inside the tub that is not too deep that you can step down on to in safety before lowering yourself into the warm waters.
Hot tub and spa manufacturers are well aware of this potential issue so there will be a safe, flat and shallow spot designed for exactly this. You just have to identify it and make other people aware.
It is particularly important for elderly people or anyone who is a little unsteady on their feet but everyone needs to take care getting into the spa.
Steeping onto the edge of a seat or onto the slope down into the bottom of the hot tub can send anyone into a fall so identifying the safest place to step down into is important and everyone who uses the hot tub should know where that is.
Spa steps and spa handrails are available that not only give some support and make it easier to get in and out but also clearly indicate the section of your spa that is safest to step into.
Care should be taken getting into a hot tub but perhaps even more care should be taken getting out.
If you have ever stood up too quickly from a hot bath then you know how lowered blood pressure can make anyone feel light-headed as they stand up.
Never have a spa too hot and never stay in too long. Avoid alcohol in the spa and certainly never see a hot tub as a cure for a hangover. All of these things can make dizzy spells as you stand up from the water much more likely but everyone should get up slowly and be aware that light-headedness can happen to anyone.
Other safety suggestions for getting in and out of your spa.
Decking or other non-slip surfaces around your spa will make the whole area safer and easier to keep clean.
You might have a footbath next to the spa so that mud and grass can be washed off peoples feet before they get in. It’ll make slips less likely as well as helping keep the water cleaner.
Why not have a towel rail handy with some good dry towels so that feet and areas that are walked and stepped on can be kept clean and dry.
Make sure that suitable lighting is provided when the spa is used in the evening or at night and make sure that lighting is adequate at ground level after dark.
Always ensure that snacks and drinks are served on or in plastic so that there is no possibility of broken glass in or around your hot tub.