Using a Public Jacuzzi? Stick to These Key Safety Tips
Here at Summer Place, we like to think we know a little about jetted spas and baths; we have, after all, been in the industry since 1968. With our range, we make luxury jetted products accessible to anyone in need of some opulence, hydrotherapy, and pampering at the end of the day. If, however, you are still stuck using the Jacuzzi at your local gym or only get to enjoy one during an expensive trip to the day spa, then there are a few safety tips to keep in mind. We explore how to keep yourself safe when visiting a public Jacuzzi (or any water facility) and why, in the end, purchasing your own is probably a much better option.
Pay Attention to What You See, Smell, and Feel
Your senses are your best friend when it comes to any unknown body of water. Before you enter that hot tub, have a look at how clear the water is. Realistically, you should be able to toss a coin into the water and see if it landed on heads or tails. While bubbles may obscure how well you see through to the bottom, try to steer clear from water that seems cloudy, murky, or as though it has a substance film on the surface. An acrid, dank, or decaying smell coming from the water is another sign to stay away – it is clearly not being maintained well enough! Lastly, dip your hand into the hot tub and run it along the inner surface – if the texture feels slimy or strange, its best to find someplace else to relax.
Monitor How You Feel
A Jacuzzi is never meant to be used for hours at a time – the warm temperatures can quickly dehydrate and weaken users who will not realise these effects until it’s too late. If you find yourself feeling dizzy, lethargic, sweaty, weak, or thirsty, it may be time to cool off outside the tub. While using the hot tub, sip some water from a water bottle and never get drunk while soaking. Even though an adult can comfortably sit or stand in a Jacuzzi, drowning is still possible while accidentally unconscious.
Children Must Always Be Supervised
Children who cannot stand or sit in the tub without their heads going underwater are too young to use a Jacuzzi. Even then, it is essential to keep a constant, watchful eye on your little ones to ensure no accidents occur. Slipping and falling on a slippery deck, for example, happens quickly and can be dangerous if no adult supervision is available.
Keep Your Health Status in Mind
If you have any pre-existing health conditions, then it is imperative that you consult your doctor before using a hot tub. Persons with a weakened immune system, for example, may be exposing themselves to several bacteria and viruses their bodies are not capable of fighting off. Pregnant women and those with heart conditions should also first speak to their doctor about limitations when it comes to Jacuzzi use.
Consider Other Users
Just as you wish to climb into a clean Jacuzzi, so too do other users. Be mindful of the public and take the necessary precautions to ensure you are not the one causing a health hazard. Before entering those bubbles of fun, be sure to have a quick shower. Avoid tracking mud and dirt into the hot tub and don’t eat anything while in it. If you happen to feel sick, are experiencing bouts of nausea or diarrhoea, or have an oozing or bleeding wound, it is best to save your hot-water soak for another day. Public hot tubs are meant for relaxation and hydrotherapy only – not bathing or getting clean.
Why Getting Your Own is Best
Hot tubs are wonderful – they offer tons of health benefits – both physically and mentally. As seen from above, however, sharing a Jacuzzi with the general public is not always safe and does take some special precautions. If you are keen on coming home to an evening of unwinding and luxurious tranquillity each night, then your best bet is to purchase one for yourself.
If you would like to invest in your own model, have a chat with us today, and we will help you find a jetted spa or bath to accommodate your needs, lifestyle, and budget.