Spa Safety 101 : Preparation, Maintenance & More

The safety of your spa is always a top priority. There are a number of things you can do to improve the safety of your spa. With our help, make it a safe place for children and other family members. For more information, visit your local Sundance® Spas dealer.

Hot tub safety and security for children

Spa safety starts with protecting your children. Here are just a few rules and guidelines to follow to ensure that the little members of your family can safely enjoy your spa.

  • Monitor time. Soaking time should be limited to 10 minutes or less for children under 10 years of age.
  • Lower the temperature. Because children have a lower tolerance for heat, lower the temperature to about 94°F.
  • Supervision. A responsible adult should always be present when children are in the hot tub. They should make sure children stay in the hot tub and do not jump or run around.
  • Educate older children. If you have teenagers using the hot tub unsupervised, make sure they know how to turn off all power to the hot tub in case of an emergency.
  • Set basic rules. Many children are already familiar with pool rules and hot tub rules are similar. See the next section on "Hot Tub ground rules."
    Secure the area. See the section below on "Child Protection" to help prevent accidents.

Ease of entry

  • Steps
  • Low Entry
  • Handle
  • Lighting

Make sure your children and any visitors understand the basic rules of your spa:

  • Do not use the hot tub without adult supervision.
  • Do not immerse your head in water.
  • No running around or frolicking in the hot tub.
  • Stay away from the drain; hair or clothing can get caught in there.
  • Avoid using electronics such as phones and tablets in or around the hot tub.

Child Protection

Covers for spas: Covers are essential to the safety of your spa for many reasons, including saving energy, keeping your water clear and preventing unattended children from accessing the spa. High-quality hot tub covers come with locking straps to hold the cover to the top of the tub, adding an additional barrier to keep children out.

Gates: A lockable gate system around your spa is one of the best ways to ensure that children do not have access. Your system should be at least 6 feet high. If your spa has stairs, you can also block the stairs with a gate.

Walkways: think ahead to avoid accidents, even when children are supervised. Line walkways and the entire circle around the hot rub with non-slip mats and keep the mats as dry as possible with absorbent towels.


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