Living in the north probably means that you are fairly accustomed to extreme cold and a soak in the hot tub during these bitter winter days might actually sound heavenly, but the logistics of a soak can seem a bit daunting. Fortunately, you don’t have to miss out, with some extra precautions during the winter months, you can make sure that you are safe while you enjoy your hot tub in the cold. There are two main concerns safety concerns when it comes to hot tubbing in the winter.
The first goes back to that old double dog dare found in the movie The Christmas Story when things can stick to cold metal. When you get out of your hot tub, you will want to make sure that your hands are completely dry before you touch anything metal, including doorknobs, cover lifters, and other metal surfaces. Keeping this safety precaution in mind will definitely save your skin after that winter hot tub soak.
The second precaution is even more of a concern, keeping your internal body temperature from getting too hot. The extreme cold can sometimes play tricks on your internal temperature alarm. It is never recommended to have your water temperature above 104°F, actually, during the winter it is safer to turn that temperature down to 100°F. Because the temperature outside is so chilly, the water should still feel plenty warm even if it is a few degrees cooler. It is also recommended that you limit your soaks to 15 minutes rather than the usual 20-30 minutes. With your body submerged in warm water and your head and shoulders still exposed to the elements your sense of body temperature can be very skewed. This can easily lead to you becoming overheated without you even realizing it. Limiting your hot tub time and lowering your water temperature will help to ensure that you do not overheat. Wearing a stocking cap while hot tubbing in the winter, may not be a great fashion statement, but it is a great way to regulate your body temperature when it is extremely cold.
Keeping these winter weather tips in mind this season will keep you safe so you can continue to enjoy your hot tub even in the extreme cold. If a warm soak on a cold day sounds great, but you haven’t invested in a hot tub yet, come out to our showroom and let our staff at Brother’s Pool show you what you have been missing out on.