Keeping Children Safe Around Hot Tubs

Children need constant Kids supervision around water, whether it’s the bath tub or the sea. Young children can drown in less than six centimetres of water, so it is vital to make sure they are safe when using or playing near the hot tub. Children should never be allowed to use the hot tub on their own.

It’s advisable for children over the age of four to learn how to swim, but don’t assume that a child who knows how to swim won’t drown. Infants and very young children should have an adult swimmer with them (within touching distance) and they should be wearing age appropriate (and Coast Guard approved) floatation devices.

If the hot tub is outside it’s important to protect your child from the weather. Don’t forget to use high factor sunscreen and reapply frequently. UV sunglasses, hats and sunshades will also provide protection from the sun.

Children’s body temperature rises much faster than an adults when they are in warm water, so it’s important to make sure they have drunk plenty of fluids. It is vital to cap their time in the hot tub to avoid them overheating – between five and ten minutes at a time.

Lastly, children should be kept away from the access panels and should not be allowed to lie, sit, walk or play with the hot tub cover because they could end up trapped underneath it.

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