Tips for Safe, Healthy Spa Use
Your spa will give you years of enjoyment, yet like any water recreation, there are certain precautions which must be followed to minimize the risk of injury.
- Proper Ventilation – If spas are inadequately ventilated, some users may experience slight throat irritation. Indoor spas should be adequately ventilated naturally or mechanically (i.e., an exhaust fan). If symptoms develop, take appropriate action to improve the ventilation of the area (open windows, install exhaust fan, etc.) and/or see your local BAQUASpa® dealer.
- Temperature – Keep your spa water temperature no higher than 104°F. Temperatures higher than this can place undue strain on the cardiovascular system. A quality, shatterproof thermometer should always be used to accurately measure spa water temperature.
- Medical Conditions – Persons with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions should consult their physician before using a spa.
- Shower First – To reduce the likelihood of contaminating spa water and to minimize health risks, always shower with soap and water prior to use.
- Infection Spreading – Persons with open sores or any type of infection should not use the spa. Hot water is an ideal environment for spreading infection, especially if sanitizer levels are not properly maintained.
- Soak Time – Limit spa use to no more than 15 minutes at a time.
- Restrict Alcohol Use and Medications – Never drink alcoholic beverages before or during spa use. Alcohol can make you drowsy and lead to drowning. People taking medication should consult their physician before soaking in a spa.
- Child Safety – Children should not be permitted to use the spa without adult supervision.
- Pregnancy – Women who are pregnant should consult their physician before using a spa.
- Long Hair – Always tie long hair back to keep it away from the filter intake and drain.
- Slips and Spills – Handrails and non-slip surfaces will help to minimize the risk of slipping and falling.
- Electrical Appliances – Never use any electrical devices while using a spa.
- Severe Weather – Do not operate or soak in a spa during severe weather conditions (i.e., electrical storms, tornadoes, etc.).
- Never mix chemicals together. The result could be fire, explosion or release of dangerous gas.
- Most spa chemicals are harmful if swallowed — many can injure skin and eyes.
- Keep out of reach of children.
- Always store chemicals in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place. Chemicals must be kept in their original containers. They must never be stored next to a heat source or open flame. Do not store in car trunk, or next to other chemicals — especially fertilizers and insecticides.
- Always add the chemical to the water, never the water to the chemical. Keep containers closed to seal out water or contamination.
- Always use clean, dry equipment when handling, transferring or measuring chemicals.
- Always follow label instructions for any chemical spills.
- Know the first aid instructions for all the chemicals you use. Keep emergency medical and poison control numbers handy. In case of emergency, call the poison control center nearest you or call 1-800-654-6911.
- Don’t smoke and handle chemicals. Some of the fumes are explosive.
- Keep concentrated chemicals away from lawn and plantings.
- Always make sure containers are tightly resealed immediately after use.
- Always wear the proper protective equipment (rubber gloves, safety goggles, etc.) when handling chemicals.