While hot tubs and home spas can be an extremely fun way for families to connect and spend quality time with one another, they also pose as hazards to young children. Proper supervision and precautions should be taken for those who own hot tubs or spas.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are hundreds of fatal drownings in the United States each year. One out of every four of these victims is a child age 14 and younger. Due to lack of adequate supervision, children can drown in even the smallest amounts of water. Despite their relatively shallow water levels for adults, hot tubs can be extremely hazardous for young children.

Another potentially fatal hazard of hot tubs includes the suction elements of the spas. Children’s hair or limbs may be caught in draining mechanisms in the spa. Getting trapped in one of these can pull a child under the water and cause drowning.

In order to prevent fatal accidents around your spa, make sure that the safety cover is always locked. Children should not be allowed in or around the spa without adult supervision. Do not leave your kids alone, even briefly. Make sure that your hot tub is in proper working order. Have a professional check the condition of the spa regularly.

Know where the emergency stop cutoff is on your spa and make sure that other family members are aware of it as well. Educate your family on the importance of water safety. Additionally, make sure that the spas temperatures are kept at a safe level. Too hot of water can result in unconsciousness and heat stroke. Keep your kids safe by being alert to your hot tubs working condition and again, never forget to keep your spa covered and locked.