Dos and Dont's of Spa Care

Do:

  • Replace the cover immediately after use.
  • Keep the cover locked when spa is not in use.
  • Be aware of the dangers of a wet and slippery surface. Use caution when entering and exiting your spa.
  • Have a licensed electrician make all final electrical connections.
  • Replace worn, frayed or broken electrical cords.
  • Keep the water chemistry correctly balanced. Untreated spa water will cause problems with your spa and equipment as well as being a health risk.
  • Clean the spa filter monthly or as needed.
  • Position the spa so that all sides remain accessible for maintenance.
  • Use a bathing cap for long hair.
  • Refer to information on hyperthermia.
  • Use only authorized spa care products for the best performance and to keep the water properly balanced.

Don't:

  • Use the spa at 104°F (40°C) for long periods of time (more than 30 minutes). See Hyperthermia, next column.
  • Use an extension cord to power your spa.
  • Allow anyone to stand on the spa cover. It is not designed to support weight.
  • Power the spa unless it is filled with water 5-6 inches below top of spa lip.
  • Operate the pump on high speed for ex-tended periods of time with the cover inplace. Extended operation can cause heatbuild-up and interfere with spa operation.

Hyperthermia

The causes, symptoms, and effects of hyperthermia may be described as follows: hyperthermia occurs when the internal temperature of the body reaches a level several degrees above the normal body temperature of 98.6°F (37°C). The symptoms of hyperthermia include an increase in the internal temperature of the body, dizziness, lethargy, drowsiness, and fainting. The effects of hyperthermia include:

a. Failure to perceive heat
b. Failure to recognize the need to exit spa or hot tub
c. Unawareness of impending hazard
d. Fetal damage in pregnant women
e. Physical inability to exit the spa or hot tub, and
f. Unconsciousness resulting in the danger of drowning

WARNING
The use of alcohol, drugs, or medication can greatly increase the risk of fatal hyperthermia.