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Do you or your new roommate have a hot tub in your new rental house? Then lucky you. Having a hot tub is a big plus. However, it is also a hazard. Make sure you know the importance of playing it safe in any spa.

So what do you need to know when it comes to owning a hot tub? The first thing is that you keep it clean. Having a hot tub filled with dirty water is hazardous to your health and not too pleasant to swim in. Fortunately, you can simply add chemicals, such as chlorine or bromine to the mixture and experience clean water all year round. You will also need to regularly clean and change your filters as well as check the pumping system once and a while.

In addition to keeping the hot tub sanitary, there are a number of other hazards to keep in mind. Knowing the dangers of having a hot tub is the best way to prevent something bad from happening. One of the biggest dangers is the chance of overheating. Even if you feel fine, it is best to only stay in the hot water for fifteen minutes at a time.

If you are sitting in a hot tub for a long period of time and then getting out, there is the chance that you will feel dizzy and experience a head rush as the blood rushes back down your body. Sitting in extremely hot water can be dangerous, especially if you are pregnant or if you are over the age of 65. If you are in these two categories, then consult a doctor before using a hot tub.

Children and Hot Tubs

Children and hot tubs can also be a dangerous combination. While hot tubs are perfectly safe for kids as long as there is adult supervision, you may wish to turn down the heat on the hot tub when kids are using it. Children can easily drown in all types of water, including in spas.

Make sure your kids know the rules of the hot tub, such as no running around the edges, no jumping or diving into the water and no going in with the supervision of Mom or Dad. This is critical. Invest in a hot tub cover, if your spa doesn't already have one that protects children from climbing in and out whenever they feel like it.

Food, Drink and Spas

It can be quite tempting to bring a bottle of wine into the hot tub with you when you are enjoying a blissful evening with your spouse. And there is nothing wrong with this, as long as you stop before it gets dangerous. Drinking in the spa makes the alcohol go down a lot smoother but also will impact your body a lot harder. You may feel like you have had ten drinks after just one.

Make sure you compensate for this effect by bringing some cold water into the tub with you as well. Have a glass of water in between sips of your champagne and if you start to feel light headed, take a break. Sit outside of the tub and stop drinking.

Eating in a hot tub is also not the smartest thing to do as food particles can clog up the filter and lead to damage of the pump system. If you feel hungry or if you are having some friends over, set up a table outside on the deck so people can eat outside before jumping in. These are some of the many things to keep in mind when looking into hot tub safety.

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