Kids and Spa Safety

It’s easy to dismiss the importance of child safety when it comes to a spa since the water isn’t as deep as a swimming pool. However, children can drown in a small amount of water even if they know how to swim. Although water is fun, it’s not appropriate for very small children. When kids are older, they can get in the spa but you should take certain precautions.

It’s not a good idea to have small children or babies in a spa. The chemicals in the water aren’t safe for young skin and can cause rashes. They can overheat quickly. You also have to worry about sanitary conditions. If a child isn’t toilet trained, they can have an accident in the pool which can make the water unsanitary quickly. Wait until the child is big enough to stand up in the water before you allow him or her into the water.

kid-in-spaIf your child is old enough to be in the spa, you should take precautions. Never leave a child unsupervised in the water. It’s a good idea to lower the temperature of the water. While adults may prefer water over 100 degrees but for children, the water should be around 98 degrees so they don’t overheat. Make sure kids drink plenty of water so they don’t overheat.

Kids can overheat even if the temperature is lowered. Check in with children regularly to make sure they are okay. Ask about dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. If these problems exist, the child should get out of the spa.

Look for a locking spa cover. Check to ensure that the lock fits securely and can’t be pulled open by a child. You should ensure that the straps on the cover are secured tightly enough so that children can’t fit under the cover and get into the hot tub. Some people use tie-down straps which provide an extra measure of security.

Another piece of equipment that you consider is a step ladder to help children get in and out of a spa. The stairs should have a rough instead of smooth surface. This will prevent slipping. You’ll find that these stairs are convenient and safe for you as well.

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