Spas and hot tubs bring years of enjoyment. They offer an opportunity to spend time with friends and family or to relax and relieve stress alone, while also providing many health and fitness benefits. As with many products, by following manufacturers' guidelines and simple rules, you'll have a positive, safe, enjoyable experience.
Responsible Adult Supervision is Key to Child Pool, Hot Tub and Water Safety
There should always be an adult designated to maintain constant visual contact with children whenever they are near, or could get near, any body of water.
Click the links below for valuable safety guidelines aimed at preventing accidents around the pool and some common sense safety rules to follow whenever you’re using, storing or handling chemicals in or around the pool. It's also smart to be aware of the potential hazards associated with chemical products in general. As with any chemical product, the first and foremost rule is to read the label carefully and follow the directions exactly.
Important Safety Extras
- Always check spa water before getting in. Temperature should never exceed 104°F.
- Limit your time in the spa to no more than 15 minutes before showering and cooling down.
- Avoid participation in strenuous activity directly after using the spa.
- Heat can be dangerous for pregnant women and people with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Check with your doctor first.
- Do not use the spa if you have been drinking alcohol or taking prescription medicines. Consult your doctor first.
- Do not use the spa if your have open wounds or sores.
- Do not use electrical appliances near the spa.
- Reduce the risk of accident with handrails and non-slip surfaces.
- Keep areas around the spa clean and uncluttered.
- Be sure access to your spa area meets or exceeds local codes to keep children and uninvited guests from using your spa unsupervised.
- Always wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear when working with spa care products.
- Open product containers in a well-ventilated area.
- Always use the exact dosage specified on the label by the manufacturer.
- Never mix any product with another (granular, tablet or liquid) before adding to the spa. The mixing together of products that do not have the exact same chemical ingredient can produce chemical reactions that can lead to a possible fire or explosion.
- When pre-dissolving or diluting granular or liquid products in a bucket, fill the bucket with water first. Add chemicals to the water. Never add water to the chemicals.
- Always add different products to the spa separately.
- Always use a separate, clean scoop for each product. Don't interchange scoops or use a wet scoop. Replace cap or lid securely on the proper container.
- Do not allow products to come in contact with your face and eyes. Do not breathe any fumes or product dust.
- If products come in contact with your skin or clothes, always brush off any excess and wash the area thoroughly.
- Always store spa products in a cool, dry area separate from other products such as fertilizers, motor oil, grease or paint. Mixing these common items with some spa products can cause the release of hazardous gasses, fire, or even an explosion.
- Always keep all spa care products tightly sealed in the original container and away from children.
- Keep spa products away from heat and open flame. Do not smoke in storage areas or when handling spa products.
- Never store any liquid products directly over or directly next to dry spa products (tablets, granular chlorinators, shock products).
- Keep liquid acid (muriatic) and liquid chlorine products away from each other and away from all shock products and chlorine-based products.
- When separating your spa care products, use lawn furniture, walls, plastic buckets, shovels, rakes, lumber, other inert items or empty space (at least 3 feet) as a buffer zone between products.
Additional spa and hot tub safety information available online at: www.apsp.org.