Thursday, July 27, 2006

Hot Tub and Home Spa Safety


With the increasing number of hot tubs and home spas being installed in homes and backyards everywhere, it would be wise for us to take some time to discuss hot tub safety. Most people associate hot tubs with fun and relaxation, but there are a number of potential health issues to aware of.

Hot tubs and home spas can be a fertile breeding ground for bacteria and disease-causing organisms. This is generally due to the warm, moist environment of the hot tub. It is not uncommon for Legionella bacteria to be found in a hot tub that is not properly cared for. This is a very dangerous type of bacteria that can cause Legionnaires disease, as well as pneumonia and eye/ear infections. With the proper hot tub care and maintenance, the potential of becoming ill from your hot tub are greatly reduced.

Disinfection is the key to preventing the growth of bacteria in your hot tub. While many hot tubs and spa come equipped with UV light systems and ozone treatments, these are no substitute for the use of chemicals. The disinfectant level in your hot tub or spa should be no lower than 3ppm for chlorine, and 4.5ppm for bromine. The ideal pH level for your tub is somewhere between 7.2 and 7.6.

The disinfectant level in your hot tub should be checked before and after each use. Most hot tub and spa dealers sell testing kits that should be used regularly. One way to minimize the amount of bacteria in your tub is to make sure that you and your guests shower before entering the hot tub. The amount of usage is another factor to be mindful of. A hot tub that is rarely used is going to require fewer chemicals than a tub that is used daily.

You should also drain your hot tub every month or so, and clean it thoroughly with a bleach solution. Filtration and pumping systems should also be cleaned regularly. By following these safety and hygiene tips, you should be able to enjoy your hot tub for many years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about your hot tub safety status, contact your local hot tub dealer or manufacturer. Alternatively, you can visit the site below. Au Revoir!