Kids and swimming go together like peanut butter and jelly. Some of my fondest childhood memories come from pool parties, and relaxing in the spa. It is common knowledge that certain safety precautions need to be taken to protect young children from the dangers of swimming pools, but many people assume that they are safe around hot tubs because they are so much smaller. However, this is simply not true. Hot tubs can be very dangerous for young children if you are not safety conscience.
Luckily, here is a quick run down on the things you need to be aware of to keep children safe around your spa.
Children are more sensitive to extreme temperatures.
Young children are smaller and their central nervous systems are not fully developed and grown. This results in extreme heat affecting them much more than adults. Young children overheat several times quicker than adults, so it is important to follow some steps to keep them safe in the hot tub. Several health groups suggest that children under 5 should not use the hot tub at all, and children older than 5 should make sure to keep the temperature below 100 degrees, and limit time in the tub to around 10 minutes. If you are not careful, children can overheat and become ill or worse, so make sure to stay on the side of caution.
Children are more susceptible to bacteria and illness.
Children’s immune systems are not as developed as adults, making them more susceptible to infections, illnesses and other health problems. Unfortunately, many hot tubs such as public ones, are not maintained properly, and can be filled with different pathogens that can make children sick. It is much safer to limit your children’s hot tub use to your own personal one that you maintain. This way, you know exactly how clean your tub is, and what is in it. Don’t forget that we can help with the Waters Choice system that keeps your spa clean, and reduces the amount of harmful chemicals in it.
While hot tubs seem small for us, they are still very dangerous for kids when it comes to drowning. Unfortunately, many kids die each year drowning in spas because of a lack of supervision. Kids can hit their heads, overheat, or become entangled in the drain or other equipment, and this can contribute to injuries or worse in the tub. Make sure to supervise children anytime they use the spa, and cover it with a locking cover anytime it is not in use.
Children love hot tubs, and they are a great recreational tool for them. However, they can be very dangerous for kids if we are not careful. Make sure to follow the tips provided above, and you can help keep the spa a safe and fun tool for your kids.
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