Category: Health & Wellbeing

We want you to stay safe whilst using a hot tub or swim spa. That’s why we give you practical news and advice on your health and wellbeing when using our luxury Hydropool products.
From advice on hot tub temperature, to how to use a tub aid better sleep, we provide you with all the latest insights. We let you know how to use your tub or spa for optimum health along with how use our products to become a fitter you.

Are hot tubs safe

Are hot tubs safe?

Here’s how to have fun and keep safe at the same time.

As you know, we love a quick dip in a hot tub (Hydropool branded ones only of course)! We want you to enjoy bathing in a hot tub and we’re committed to ensuring that you stay safe too.

So how can you ensure your hot tub is safe? You’ve probably read horrifying stories covering all manner of rashes, infections and dangers that can arise through improper use. Thankfully, it’s basic common-sense practices that ensure that your hot tub is safe and bacteria free.

Here’s all you need to know…

Have a shower

You know the ‘shower before you enter’ signs at the swimming pool? They’re not being rude and suggesting you suffer from poor hygiene! Having a quick rinse rids your body of surface germs and bacteria that jump on and hitch hike with you throughout the day. Showering before bathing is a quick and positive step to preventing germs entering your hot tub and a good message to heed home.

Infections, rashes and bacteria

We don’t want to raise unnecessary alarm bells or send you running for the moors, but a warm environment without the proper care is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Microbes can develop swiftly in the heat and spread rapidly to bathers. Hot tub rash (folliculitis), shigellosis, E-coli, cryptosporidium and Legionnaires disease are all nasties that can develop in a hot tub and cause serious issues, especially to more vulnerable users. Thankfully, it’s very simple to keep bacteria out of your hot tub and eradicate any danger of illness by ensuring it’s kept clean, making sure your hot tub is safe.

Looking after your hot tub is easy. Depending how much you use it, inspecting your hot tub just a couple of times a week will prevent any unpleasant microbes from developing. Also remember that the water in hot tub will need draining and replacing every so often. The frequency of this depends on the quality of the filtration system on the tub… it differs massively from brand to brand so be sure to ask if you haven’t yet bought your tub. Visit our hot tub buying mistakes page to discover more.

Yorkshire Hot Tubs also offers a variety of service packages to thoroughly clean all parts of your hot tub. Contact us for more information.

Prevent overheating by keeping the temperature of your hot tub sensible. 38 degrees Celsius is the recommended temperature, but we all know that in winter, you may prefer to crank it up. Help avoid the feeling of dizziness and dehydration by staying in for short periods and keeping well hydrated throughout. It’s also recommended that you avoid bathing in a hot tub immediately before bed to allow your body temperature time to decrease prior to settling down.

Keep a close eye on the kids

Children love the experience of being in a hot tub. That’s why the number one reason people buy hot tubs is to increase the quantity and quality of family time! However, it’s essential that kids are fully supervised during hot tub bathing to avoid the danger of drowning. Also keep an eye on how long they spend splashing around to avoid overheating.

Watch your step!

Water is slippery. Thousands of us end up at A&E with an injury after losing our footing. Take care and invest in a good set of hot tub steps if your tub is installed above ground. It’s also a great idea to keep a pair of flip flops out for going to and from the house.

If you’re still looking for your perfect hot tub and would like some advice on what’s right for you, please contact our friendly team. We’d love to hear from you.

how long you should stay in a hot tub

How long should I stay in a hot tub?

Prefer a quick dip in your tub, or do you completely lose track of time?

We all love a good relaxing soak, especially in a luxury hot tub. If you’re thinking of purchasing a hot tub, or you’ve recently bought one, what do you know about the optimum temperature, and how long you should stay in a hot tub?
Do you need to wait for fully wrinkled toes or should you be getting out sooner?

We give you some straightforward guidance what to consider.

The Perfect Temperature

We all have different preferences on how hot we like our baths at home. It’s similar with a hot tub, some can’t bear to be bathing a degree less than 40C whereas others are content at a cool 37C. Whatever your preference you should note that the hotter the temperature in the tub, the less time should be spent bathing.

Not too Deep!

Most hot tubs are designed to have a variety of seating options and depths to maximise comfort. Be aware that using a deeper seat and immersing yourself will increase your body temperature. Alternate between high and low seating to give your body a break from the more intense heat.

Listen to the Health Professionals

Certain people are more at risk from the dangers of a hot tub than others. For example whilst there’s no strict guidance, it’s advisable that pregnant women avoid hot tubs as they elevate body temperature. Body temperature overall is increased in pregnancy, and hot tubs can heighten the risk of dizziness and fainting. Similarly, the elderly, diabetic, stroke sufferers and people with high or low blood pressure should avoid a hot tub for the same reasons, especially if it is at maximum temperature.

Consider the Climate

You should bear in mind the weather when using an outdoor hot tub. It’s lovely to use your hot tub in the summer, and on hot days, it makes sense to turn the temperature of your hot tub right down. Stay in for shorter periods of time to avoid overheating, fainting and dizziness. When using your hot tub in the winter, you can increase the temperature of the water but it’s worth being mindful of your body cooling down too quickly when exiting the tub which can cause dizziness.

For the Youngsters

It’s a fact that children absolutely love hot tubs. The combination of bubbles, lights and jets in what is effectively a huge bath outside is so exciting. Just as you would for a regular bath, you should ensure the temperature is turned down to 35C so your kids don’t overheat. As a general rule, infants and toddlers should not use hot tubs, not only due to the risk of drowning but because of the chemicals involved. It’s recommended that older children should stay in for up to 20 minutes and not be allowed to immerse their bodies underwater for long periods of time.

Advice for the Grown-ups

So it’s really a matter of individual preference, ambient temperature and being mindful of how you feel individually when considering how long you should stay in a hot tub. The general guidance is around 20 – 30 minutes at one time, so if you do want to enjoy your hot tub for longer you can always have a break and get back in. Always stay hydrated, and keep some drinking water nearby to replace your fluids. Don’t forget to take care as you exit your hot tub too, especially if do happen to feel faint or dizzy.

For friendly advice from our hot tub experts please contact us