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  1. Is It Safe To Drink Alcohol in a Hot Tub

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    We are often asked by new owners of Thermospas hot tubs if drinking alcohol is a safe thing to do during a soak. While the simple answer is no, we understand that there are many people who still want to enjoy a drink while relaxing. If you understand the risks of drinking in the hot tub along with ways to stay safe, having a drink in your hot tub can be an enjoyable experience.

    There are several reasons why drinking alcohol in a hot tub is a bad idea.

    1. Dehydration

    While you may not feel it, a hot tub makes you sweat a lot. All of that sweat is water in your body that you’re losing, which can easily make you dehydrated. Alcohol also dehydrates you, and the two together can cause extreme dehydration. This includes headache, nausea, rapid heartbeat, fever, and extreme thirst. This is not a pleasant experience. Imagine the worst hangover you ever had, that was caused by extreme dehydration.

    2. Heat Exhaustion

    Drinking alcohol expands blood vessels and rises the temperature of your body, as does hot tubs. The combination, plus dehydration can cause heat exhaustion. Symptoms include confusion, fatigue, headache, nausea, and extreme sweating. Heat exhaustion can make you very sick, if you feel like you’re experiencing these symptoms, get out of the hot tub immediately and stop drinking. Take a cold shower and drink lots of water.

    3. Passing Out and Drowning

    The combination of alcohol and the bubbles of a hot tub can make you too relaxed. With too much alcohol in you, one can easily fall asleep or pass out while in the hot tub. This can lead to extreme dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even drowning. If you’re alone, passing out in a hot tub can be a very dangerous thing.

    4. Broken Glass

    Another reason to avoid drinking in the hot tub is the use of glass bottles. If glass breaks in or near a hot tub, fun must end immediately and the hot tub must be drained and cleaned. That’s not a fun after-party if you ask us.

    Like we said, just because we tell you it’s not safe to drink alcohol in a hot tub doesn’t mean you’re going to stop.

    Here are a few tips to keep you safe while drinking in your hot tub.

    1. Never Drink Alone

    If you are going to drink alcohol in a hot tub, drink with a friend. It’s not a safe idea to drink alone. If you become too intoxicated, which can happen a lot quicker than you think, it’ smart to have a friend or two that can take care of you, or at least, make sure you don’t pass out in the water.

    2. Drink Water Between Every Alcoholic Drink

    A great way to keep yourself hydrated while in the hot tub is by drinking a big glass of water between every alcoholic drink. This will make sure you have plenty of water inside you to stay hydrated and avoid and symptoms of dehydration.

    3. Step Out of the Hot Tub

    You should consider stepping out of the hot tub every 15 to 20 mins to cool down and let your body rest from the extreme heat. This will help you avoid heat exhaustion and keep your body temperature low.

    4. Use Plastic Cups

    Keep glass bottles as far away from your hot tub as possible. The best setup is to keep your alcohol far enough away that your guests must leave the hot tub to get a new drink. This will help them cool down as they fill up their cup. Make sure everyone has plastic cups so they don’t drop and break glass in or near the hot tub.

    We can’t stop you from drinking alcohol in the hot tub, but with the information you have now, we hope that you’ll understand the risks of drinking and take certain steps to stay safe. If you have anymore questions or are interested in your own Thermospas hot tub, contact us today.

  2. What You Should Know About Hot Tubs & Dehydration

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    Can a hot tub cause dehydration?

    Dehydration is a symptom of losing more water than you are taking in. It can happen to anyone at any age who is not drinking enough fluids and engaging in activities like exercise or using a hot tub.

    By setting your hot tub to the correct temperature and following the safety guidelines listed in this article, dehydration while hot tubbing can be something that is easily avoided.

    Signs to watch out for

    Knowing what the symptoms of dehydration are is helpful so you can identify if you or one of your hot tub guests is getting dehydrated.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, mild cases of dehydration can cause any one of the following symptoms:

    • Dry mouth
    • Lethargy, dizziness, or lightheadedness
    • Unusual thirst
    • Headache

    If you are following hot tub safety practices, we hope that no one will ever progress to the state of severe dehydration while hot tubbing, but here are the warning signs that signal the need for medical attention:

    • Extreme thirst
    • Lack of sweating
    • Sunken eyes
    • Rapid heartbeat; rapid breathing
    • Fever
    • No elasticity to the skin-when pinched, skin does not “bounce back”

    People at a higher risk

    Those with heart, lung, asthma, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, and circulation conditions are at greater risk of dehydration.

    If you have any of the conditions above; consult a doctor to be clear about what temperature and how long you can stay in a hot tub.

    Children and hot tubs

    Children are at a greater risk for dehydration because they have a higher metabolic rate and process water faster than adults. They are also less likely to notice and communicate if they are experiencing symptoms of dehydration.

    The American Association of Pediatrics does not lay out specific guidelines for children and hot tub use, but they do not recommend that babies or toddlers use a hot tub.

    When in doubt, ask your Doctor, and consider the guidelines from The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals:

    “No young child should be allowed in a hot tub until they can stand on the bottom and have their head remain completely out of the water. Children who are big enough to be in a hot tub should not use it for more than five minutes at a time, especially at the maximum temperature of 104 degrees. Dropping the spa temperature to 98 degrees would allow for longer soaks – but never more than 15 minutes at a time. It is also recommended that young children avoid full body immersion.”

    If you notice any of the signs of dehydration, or red faces, glassy eyes and lethargic behavior-remove the child immediately.

    It should go without saying that children should never hot tub alone.

    How to treat dehydration

    The Mayo Clinic suggests treating the symptoms of healthy adults with mild dehydration by immediately drinking more fluids such as water or sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade.

    They recommend seeking medical care for symptoms of severe dehydration such as dizziness, extreme thirst, or shriveled skin.

    It is also noted that children, the elderly, and those with health conditions should be treated with greater caution.

    How to avoid getting dehydrated in a hot tub

    There are simple guidelines to follow to ensure that you and your guests enjoy your hot tub time without the risk of dehydration.

    Aside from greater caution for children, elderly, and those with existing medical conditions; the following activities should be avoided altogether:

    • Using the hot tub while intoxicated
    • Using drugs or medications like antihistamines, anticoagulants, or tranquilizers while in the hot tub
    • Exceeding the recommended temperature, or going above 104 degrees fahrenheit
    • Pregnant women, babies and toddlers should never use the hot tub
    • Getting into the hot tub after a hard workout or a long run
    • Excessive hot tub use, or exceeding the recommended time
    • Children under 5 should never use a hot tub

    Sources:

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dehydration/DS00561/DSECTION=symptoms

    http://www.apsp.org/safety/content.cfm?ItemNumber=979