Although there are no legal restrictions on age when it comes to public hot tubs, many companies and organisations in charge of such facilities do choose to put their own age limits on their services to prevent accidents and injuries. There are some steps you can take to help your child avoid being hurt if they do wish to use a public hot tub in the UK, such as not permitting them to stay in the tub for too long.
Want to use a public hot tub in the UK?
Before you or your children use a public hot tub in the UK, you need to find out what the organisation in charge of the facilities’ rules are. Hot tubs can be very expensive, which is one reason why so many organisations don’t allow children to use them. It’s a good idea to consult your doctor before you allow your child to use a hot tub, and it’s never wise to allow small children and babies to enter one, whether you’re at home or using public facilities.
You should always check the temperature before you allow an older child into a hot tub. If the temperature is over 102 degrees, your child may come to harm. You should limit each hot tub stint to 20 minutes and make sure they have rehydrated and cooled down before they return to the tub. Never leave a child unsupervised in a hot tub and find out where the cut-off switch is before you start using it so you can turn the pump off quickly if you need to. Tell your child where the switch is in case they ever use the tub with an adult who can’t locate it. You also need to instruct your child to leave the tub as soon as they start to feel sick, drowsy or faint.
Getting in touch
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can help if you or your child have been in a non-fault accident in a public hot tub. The people in charge of the tub have a duty of care to you, and if they have failed in this duty of care and injuries have occurred as a result, you may be able to claim compensation. Call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) to find out more.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice