Hot Tub Safety for Children
July 5, 2016
Children find delight and joy in a hot tub – it’s like a personal pool, only warmer. While soaking in the hot tub is a great way to relax together at the end of a long day, it can also be dangerous to a child’s health if not used properly. Before you let your little one take a dip alongside you, please keep these hot tub safety guidelines in mind.
Infants and toddlers are a hot tub no-go.
The skin of both infants and toddlers are thin and render them susceptible to over-heating. It not recommended that they enter a hot tub for any length of time.
Perform a hot tub height test.
If your child can stand with their feet on the bottom of the hot tub floor and their head completely out of the water, they are at an appropriate height to enter the water – but always with an adult.
Set a timer.
If your child is at the right height to enter a hot tub, it should only be for short intervals of time, such as five minutes or less. They should avoid immersing their body completely and instead sit on a hot tub “jump seat” that permits waist-high immersion.
Control the hot tub temperature.
The established maximum temperature is 104°F for anyone. At that temperature, a child should remain in the hot tub for no longer than 5 minutes. If they would like to stay for a longer interval, simply lower the temperature. But regardless of heat level, it’s still warmer than they may be used to, and children shouldn’t stay immersed in the water for longer than 15 minutes – no matter what.
Have water on hand.
Encourage your child to drink water while in the hot tub to prevent dehydration and overheating.
Cover to prevent injury.
Cover any filter openings that may catch long hair and/or pool toys while a child is in the hot tub, and be sure to close the tub with a locked safety cover when not in use to prevent accidental injuries.
Hot tubs can be a lot of fun for the whole family if used with safety in mind. Please consider the age, height, temperament, and current health of your children before allowing them to join you. Never leave children unattended in a hot tub, and always secure the cover with a lock when not in use.