Hot tub safety
Safety advice to keep everybody safe when using a hot tub
Hot tubs are becoming increasingly popular in the UK due to their social, stress relieving and relaxation benefits. Whether you are lucky enough to have one in your garden or home or you have the opportunity to use one on holiday, it is important to stay safe.
Between 2014 and 2020, six people have fatally drowned accidentally in hot tubs in the UK.
To enjoy the hot tub safely, follow this key advice:
Hot tub safety for children:
- Buy a hot tub with a solid and lockable cover - One that a child can only open with adult help
- Make sure your hot tub is covered when not in use
- Supervise – always ensure children are supervised when around an open hot tub
- Store chemicals safely – ensure they are stored out of reach of young children
- Children under five should not go in a hot tub.
Hot tub safety for adults
- Be mindful of alcohol use - if you want to have a few alcoholic drinks – you can enjoy them responsibly after your hot tub session
- Keep hydrated by drinking water before and after a hot tub session as this can help reduce dizziness and feeling nauseous
- Stick to 15 minutes per session
- Watch your step – slips, trips and falls are common on wet surfaces. Put some rubber mats or other tread down to make it safer as you enter and leave the tub
- Medication - can further dehydrate you and cause balance issues. If you have a serious health condition, speak with a health professional for advice before using the hot tub
- Sanitise – remember to sanitise and keep your hot tub clean. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to see how long you need to wait to use the tub after using any chemicals
What to look out for when buying a hot tub:
- Buy from a reputable source and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Make sure your hot tub meets BS EN 17125:2018, BS EN 60335-2-60.