Childproofing Your Hot Tub
April 7, 2017
Owning a hot tub can be amazingly fun — a great place to relax, soothe sore muscles — a space where you can take time out just for you.
But alongside these perks comes the hefty responsibility of making sure your oasis is a safe place — especially for children. An article in USA Today stated that “An average of about 17 kids under age 5 drown in hot tubs each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
This sobering statistic gave us good reason to come up with a list of to-do’s for hot tub owners to consider to keep children as safe as possible.
Get a Cover
Your number one line of dense – a hot tub cover. Not only do covers keep your hot tub warm and free from debris, when used properly, they are key to keeping children out. If possible, choose a cover with lockable straps so little ones aren’t tempted to open it up and see what’s inside.
Please remember, a cover for protection is only good if used properly. Keep it on and lock it up. If you need help choosing a cover, we’d love to help. Our hot tub professionals can help you select the perfect cover for your needs.
Watch Your Step
If you have steps leading up to your hot tub, be sure to put them away when you’re not using the tub. This will keep curious kiddos from climbing up and trying to sneak a peek at the water or potentially falling.
Consider a Barrier
Gating or fencing the area surrounding your hot tub can be a great way to keep children at bay. Be sure the gate is high enough (experts say at least 4 feet!) so little climbers can’t get over.
Taking just a few precautions can go a long way in protecting children from your hot tub area. What things do you do to keep your kids safe near the hot tub? We’d love to hear from you! Comment below.