Hot tubs are a wonderful addition to your home. To keep children safe in and around the hot tub, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Under Five is Too Young To Be in a Hot Tub
The CDC and the Red Cross both agree that children under the age of five should not use a hot tub. Children younger than five are more susceptible to heatstroke due to their thin skin. Because of their size, they are more at risk of drowning as well.
Safety Tips for Children Ages Five to Twelve
Most public hot tubs do not allow children under the age of twelve. However, children between ages five and twelve can safely use one if a few safety rules are followed.
- First of all, dial down the temperature to 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Medical experts agree that this is a safer temperature for children.
- In addition, limit a child’s hot water exposure time. Depending on the child’s age, time limits should be between five minutes to no more than twenty minutes. After that, they need to spend time out of the hot tub for the body to restore a normal core temperature before returning to the water.
- Last, make sure that children can keep their heads above the water. If children are unable to safely stand or sit in the chair area and keep their heads above water, then have them dangle their legs in the water from the side to enjoy the warm water. Always watch children closely when the hot tub is in use. If you have questions about safety, you can always consult your child’s pediatrician for more advice.
Safely enjoy your hot tub with your children, grandchildren, or family and friends. To discuss more safety tips, talk to one of our Aqua Pools spa experts at our showroom in Worth or Homer Glen.