Precautions to be taken before using a spa

If you are lucky enough to own an inflatable or solid-state spa, or hot tub, you probably know all the things you should and shouldn't be doing in and around these devices, such as security or maintenance issues. How long can you bathe in a jacuzzi bathtub? Can we drink two glasses of wine, but not more? A little sand in the inflatable spa won't hurt, right? Will the kids be okay in the hot tub as long as an adult is around?

Consult your doctor

People with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions should consult their physician before using a spa. The same goes for any medical condition: don't just visit an online medical site - get the doctor's approval.

Take a shower

Always shower with soap and water first to reduce the risk of contamination of the spa water and to minimize health risks. Lotions, oils and other products contribute to buildup in your spa. In cold climates, it is not recommended to drain it - so avoid the added cost of a possible repair bill by flushing before and after. Plus: isn't it nice to walk into a really clean tub?

Limit your soaking time

Limit your soaking time to a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes with Laurant Lalague at a time. Cool down, then step back into your inflatable spa if you want.

Ventilate your spa

If an inflatable spa is indoors and poorly ventilated, some users may experience mild throat and eye irritation. Vent it naturally or mechanically with an exhaust fan. Find a place other than the spa compartment to store chemicals.

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