by Tina Wilson on 26/09/11 at 3:05 pm
While you are enjoying your hot tub, your kids will soon take notice and wish to join in the fun. Setting rules for your children upfront is important. Ensure they understand the rules are in place for their safety and never bend the rules. Having rules in place will also allow you to continue to relax when you are in your hot tub. Otherwise, you will be on guard at all times.
Rule number one, we have all heard all of our lives. No running around the pool or hot tub. Slipping is so easy to do once water has been splashed onto the ground. Not only could someone become injured from the fall to the concrete ground, but they could actually fall into the hot tub. An injured child falling into a hot tub could lead to drowning. Along with this, be certain that your child knows how to get themselves out of the hot tub without assistance.
Another safety rule is that children do not use the hot tub without adult supervision. This does not mean that an adult has to go in with them every time, but an adult should be in close proximity and supervising without other distractions. Therefore, if a quick reaction is required, the adult will be at the ready. Make it a house rule that whoever is last to use the hot tub should cover it up. Always use a hot tub cover when the hot tub is not being used. This is your safety precaution against someone falling in unsupervised and possibly drowning.
Children with long hair should always tie hair up or wear a swimming cap. Long hair has the possibility of being sucked up in the hot tub return. If this happened, it would suck the child to the bottom of the hot tub and be extremely difficult for the child to escape. This occurs more often than most people realize and has resulted in the drowning of many children.
Restricting time for children in hot tubs is important. Because of their smaller bodies, the internal temperature of a child will heat up faster than that of an adult. A child’s internal body temperature can be raised very quickly to dangerous or even fatal levels. For this reason, adults would want to regulate the hot tub temperature also. When children will be entering the water, keep it a bit lower than you would for adults.