Spa Rules & Requests
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We have a spa (hot tub). It's a Hot
which is rated for 5 adults. We're happy to share it with our friends and
family. However, we ask that everyone using our spa observes our rules, to
help ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment.
Regardless of what might or might not be on this list, everyone who uses
the spa has a responsibility to be safe, and not do anything you think might be
Some of the inherent dangers of spas are:
- Spas, like swimming pools, the ocean, lakes, and even bathtubs, contain
enough water for someone to drown. Most of the same safety precautions
that apply around these other bodies of water also apply to spas.
- Prolonged immersion in hot water can result in hyperthermia (a dangerous
condition which occurs when the core body temperature becomes elevated
above its normal temperature). Hyperthermia is particularly dangerous
because several of the symptoms actually make it more difficult to
counteract the problem. Symptoms include unawareness of the impending
hazard, falure to perceive heat, failure to recognize the need to get
out of the spa, physical inability to get out of the spa, and
unconsciousness (which can lead to drowning). Some safety tips for
avoiding hyperthermia include:
- Monitor your time in the spa and plan your "cool-down"
breaks in advance. If the spa is hotter than body temperature
(98 degrees Fahrenheit), move to the "cool-down" seat
(the one that's higher than all the others) for at least a minute
or so every 10-15 minutes.
- If you're feeling sleepy or lightheaded, get out of the
spa and wait until the feeling goes away before getting back
- Being in hot water can dehydrate you very quickly, and
dehydration increases the risk of hyperthermia. Make sure you
drink plenty of water before getting into the spa and while
you're in it.
- Alcohol and other depressants increase the risk of hyperthermia.
If you're taking medication, check with your doctor before using
the spa. Note that alcohol, in addition to its depressant
effects, can also cause dehydration.
- If you have a history of heart disease, circulatory system
problems, or high or low blood pressure, check with your doctor
before using the spa.
- Children are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia, so it's
especially important for them to take a "cool-down"
break every 10-15 minutes. Parents/guardians should keep track
of how long their children have been in the spa and make sure
they take enough "cool-down" breaks. This is easier
when all of the adults set a good example.
- Hot water can cause permanent fetal injury. If you are pregnant,
or suspect that you might be, please:
- Check with your doctor before using the spa.
- Never get into water hotter than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If the water temperature is above body temperature (98
degrees Fahrenheit), don't stay in the spa for longer than
ten minutes at a time.
- Slipping & Falling
- Wet surfaces can be slippery. Be careful while getting into and out of
the spa. Because of the potential danger of someone falling, hitting
his/her head and drowning, no one should ever be in the spa unless
there's at least one other adult in the room (who may be either inside
or outside of the spa).
- Keep electrical devices and anything else that's plugged in out of reach
of the spa.
- Adult Supervision
- Children are welcome to use the spa (subject to the hyperthermia
limitations above) as long as a parent (or other adult who has the
parents' authority to take charge of the child in an emergency) is
- Don't jump or engage in other reckless behaviors. Any number of bad
things could happen, including slipping & falling, twisting an ankle
on the uneven bottom of the spa, or cracking the spa.
Comfort & Convenience
The following additional rules & requests are for the comfort &
convenience of your fellow bathers, as well as to make life easier for Nancy
- The spa is generally "clothing optional". Please keep the curtains
closed and/or shades down when people are in the room without clothes
- Please refrain from having sex in the spa. It may be tempting, but
it clogs the filters.
- Keep the water in the spa as much as possible. There's no drain in the
- If you forgot to bring a towel, you may use one of the clean towels from
the upper brown cabinet. Dirty towels should be placed in the yellow
hamper to the left of the brown cabinets.
- If there are people waiting to use it, please limit your time in the spa
to 20 minutes. You can always get back in later. If you're waiting to
use the spa, please make sure the people in the spa know that you're
waiting, instead of just being there to talk to them.
- The spa is on a 20-amp circuit, which means the heater is disabled when
the jets are on. If you have the jets on for a long time, the spa will
cool down. If this happens, turn the jets off for a while and let the
spa heat back up.
- The spa is sanitized with chlorine. (We use a silver ion cartridge to
help reduce the amount of sanitizing solution necessary, and the
cartridge is incompatible with bromine.) During large parties, we may
need to shut down the spa occasionally for ten minutes to add chlorine.
- Keep an eye on your fellow bathers. Help remind each other to take
frequent "cool-down" breaks, and watch each other for signs of
Because this page is publicly accessible on the web, it's important for us
to include a trespass notice. Please note that these rules do not in any way
constitute permission from Nancy or Jeff for anyone to use the spa without our
explicit permission. Using the spa without our permission constitutes
trespassing, and will be dealt with in accordance with local laws.
Thanks for helping us keep the spa fun and safe for everyone!
Jeff Bigler's home page / send
Last modified: Sat Sep 13 23:45:22 2003