Water Safety Tips

Chemical Safety
Always read all chemical labels and instructions carefully prior to use and be sure to follow the directions. Keep all chemicals out of the reach of children and be sure to properly store and handle chemicals in accordance with label instructions.

Basic Pool/Spa Safety
Safety is the watchword in all water-based environments, and your spa is no different. By learning and adhering to a few simple tips, you’ll ensure an enjoyable spa experience for your friends and family.

  • Maintain constant adult supervision when children are in or near ANY body of water.
  • Install fences, barriers and spa covers to prevent unsupervised access, especially by young children.
  • Always completely remove your spa cover before using your spa.
  • Inspect your spa equipment on a regular basis to ensure that it is in good working order and that it is safe.
  • Always test the temperature of your spa’s water before entering the spa. It is recommended that maximum water temperature never exceed 104°F (40°C). Do not soak for more than 15 minutes at one sitting in 104°F (40°C) water.
  • Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, and pregnant women, should not use a spa without advance approval by their physician. If a person has any doubt as to whether a medical condition should limit their use of a spa, they should seek prior consultation with their physician. Individuals with open cuts or wounds should not use a spa until completely healed.
  • Never use a spa when you are alone and never use a spa while using or after using alcohol or drugs that may cause sleepiness, drowsiness, or raise or lower blood pressure.
  • Ask your city about any specific rules and regulations that apply to spa ownership, including local electrical codes.
  • Do not allow unsafe or risky behavior in and around the spa.
  • Consult with a licensed electrician for installation of or any work to your spa. If you are installing your own spa, it is your responsibility that all work performed complies with the National Electrical Code and all other applicable codes and regulations.
  • Your spa’s jets, grates, skimmer and main drain should be properly maintained and secured. Spa users should be instructed not to stick any part of their body into such outlets as entrapment and drowning can occur. Spa users with long hair should also be cautioned not to get their hair near such outlets.
  • Keep a first aid kit in close proximity to your spa.
  • Maintenance and safety manuals contain detailed tips and recommendations and should be read, followed and applied on a regular basis.
  • We encourage all spa owners to request safety related publications from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), including: “The Sensible Way To Enjoy Your Spa or Hot Tub,” and “Pool and Spa Emergency Procedures for Infants and Children.” These APSP publications can be ordered from the APSP by calling or writing them at the APSP, 2111 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 838-0083, or by visiting the APSP consumer Web site at www.theapsp.org.

Pool and Spa Maintenance

Basic Pool/Spa Maintenance
Periodic maintenance and cleaning will help ensure a long life for your Spa.

Once a month, the filter should be cleaned using a product specifically designed for filter cleaning and degreasing. Your Spas authorized dealer can recommend an appropriate product.

The spa surfaces also need some occasional TLC. Between refills or as needed, clean the surface using a dealer authorized cleaner. If scale has formed, your dealer may need to select a stain and scale remover to get the job done. This is also the ideal time to give your spa surface some extra protection, applying a dealer approved protectant and sealant.

Proper water balance is also key to your spa’s performance. Sanitizing, protecting against mineral deposits, and controlling foam and algae will all support superior spa performance. For more information on water balance, see the water maintenance section below.

Water Maintenance
Proper water maintenance is a vital element in any spa. Warm temperatures and a unique set of conditions require that you properly test and maintain your spa water for health and appearance reasons. With little effort, however, you can have clean water and total enjoyment from your Spa.

The cozy environment of your spa can be maintained by minding three main components – water filtration, chemical balance/pH control and water sanitation.

Water sanitation is tops on your to-do list, and can be achieved through the regular addition of a sanitizer approved by your Spa dealer. The sanitizer – typically a bromine- or chlorine-based product – controls the bacteria and algae in the spa water.

The introduction of the bacteria-fighting products necessitates that you monitor your water balance. You will have to add products to maintain proper levels of Total Alkalinity (TA), Calcium Hardness (CH) and pH. Chemical balance helps keep the water clean and your guests soaking in comfort, but it also promotes the longevity of your spa. Proper balance repels mineral deposits and makes equipment resistant to corrosion.

Frequent testing of the water – preferably weekly – will allow you to maintain the proper balance.

Your Spa dealer can point you toward the appropriate spa care products. When treating your water, be certain to follow the spa care product manufacturer’s label instructions.