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Spa Safety

12 December 2010 swimart

Spa Safety

Enjoy your spa the safe way

As much as we all love our spas, you do need to be aware of some possible safety risks so you can relax and enjoy your spa the safe way.  The Swimming Pool & Spa Association (SPASA) shares some important tips for all spa owners:

» If you own an older spa pool with a potty-style skimmer box, ensure that the skimmer box has a lid and that it is secured by glue or screwed down in place so it cannot be easily removed.

» Ensure that there are two suction outlets for each pump in your spa as this reduces the powerful suction if one becomes blocked.

» Check the covers of the spa suction outlets are not damaged and are firmly and properly affixed using the manufacturers recommended parts.

» If you have a portable spa, make sure you use a locked safety cover or lid when the spa is not in use.

» Always keep young children away from spas unless there is constant adult supervision.

» Your spa should have a cut off switch for the pump - know where it is so you can turn it off in an emergency.

» Check that all suction outlets are operating, so they do not present an entrapment risk for the body, hair, fingers or toes.

» For portable spas, ensure all electrical components and pumps meet electrical safety requirements and are properly covered - this can be done by checking they are marked with an electrical safety approval number or a Regulatory Compliance Mark.

» Do not put your head under the water in a spa as this may increase the risk of entrapment.

» A person with long hair should be particularly careful to avoid putting their heads near outlets.

» If you are purchasing a spa, ask the supplier for proof that it is designed to minimise the likelihood of entrapment and complies with recognised Australian and international standards.

Visit your local Swimart store if you have any further questions regarding spa safety.