Are Inflatable Hot Tubs Dangerous? [Watch Out For This]


No, inflatable hot tubs pose no greater danger to hot tub owners than any other types, provided they are given the care they deserve and maintained properly.

The main reason why inflatable hot tubs are appealing to hot tub owners is that they are much more convenient than regular hot tubs, considering the low price and the fact that they are quite easily moved. However, like conventional hot tubs, they do require regular maintenance and a certain amount of attention from their owners.

If they are not provided proper care and not treated with caution, they can cause certain issues for the owner, such as slipping and falling, dehydration and rash on the skin from poorly sanitized water inside the inflatable hot tub.

More severe injuries can include heat-related illnesses if the proper temperature in the hot tub is not maintained and fall-related injuries. They are caused by a simple lack of attention on the owner‘s behalf, placing the hot tub in an unsafe area. Another thing one should keep in mind is that walls of inflatable hot tubs are not designed to support the weight of the person, unlike conventional ones, so it is easy to get hurt if not being careful. Making sure there is a convenient and easy way to get out of the hot tub would resolve this issue, such as acquiring plastic steps, or some other solution.

Can you get electrocuted in a lazy spa?

Yes, just like regular hot tubs, it is possible to get electrocuted in a lazy spa as well, although these cases are fairly rare.

Usually, lazy spas are not hard-wired, but have a direct line (electrical cord) to the outlet. It is important not to use any extension cords when plugging in your lazy spa and make sure the outlet that is being used is safely grounded. Grounding the outlet prevents any possible power surges which may overload the socket and the electrical system. The electrical cord that is being used to connect the lazy spa to the outlet needs to be in perfect condition as well. These steps will ensure that any danger of possible electrocution is brought down to a minimum.

Other common reasons for electrocution can be due to faulty wiring of underwater lighting or heating systems. These are precisely the reasons one must be very cautious and perform regular checks of the electric wiring of the hot tub, no matter what type it is.

Keeping out of the lazy spa during a thunderstorm is also an important safety aspect and plugging off all electricity to it completely.

Lazy spa is a fun and interesting time for relaxation and enjoyment, but like any type of hot tub, it needs the necessary maintenance and interest from the owner to keep it safe and not neglecting any safety features.

Can a hot tub cause cancer?

Recent studies have linked chlorine and some byproducts in hot tub water with an increased chance of danger to the sensitivity of the skin, making it more sensitive and susceptible to carcinogens.

Carcinogens are substances that are known to cause cancer directly, or increase the risk of getting cancer. The question of whether hot tubs can cause cancer is not one with a straight-forward answer, but it requires detailed clarification. Chlorine, the chemical used in hot tubs as a sanitizer and its byproducts is safe within its recommended ratio, but this ratio needs to be maintained at all times, so no byproducts of chlorine are created and become part of the hot tub water and preventing chlorine to reach low levels, allowing bacterial growth is just as damaging.

Recent hot tub manufacturers and related products manufacturers are focusing more and more on a substitute chemical – bromine, that is not as strong as chlorine and safer to use.

Additionally, it is important to remember that people who already have this life-threatening condition should be careful as well. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause strong skin sensitivity that reacts to chemicals like chlorine. Hot tubs, saunas and other communal baths are generally not recommended for immunosuppressed patients because bacteria and other microorganisms thrive in warm water.

Is it OK to go in a hot tub every day?

Going into a hot tub every day poses no threat and cannot cause any health hazards, as long as it is done responsibly and the best way to do so is to establish a routine that will bring long lasting effects of relaxation, stress relief and better sleeping habits.

Daily bading in the hot tub can also cause relief from pain in case the hot tub owner is suffering from any injuries and relaxes the muscles. In fact, multiple surveys performed by hot tub sellers and manufacturers show that owners of a hot tub found themselves using the pleasure of their hot tub more often than they expected to, so using it on a daily basis is not an uncommon practice. Often hot tub baths also decrease the pain from chronic illnesses and provide much-needed relaxation from stress and tension for professional athletes.

Using a hot tub every day requires some effort from the hot tub owner, naturally. Diligent monitoring and cautionary checks are required more frequently, as is the care for hot tub water. Of course, many consider this a small price to pay for the benefits a daily hot tub relaxation provides them.

Can you fall asleep and drown in a hot tub?

Although this scenario is theoretically possible, it is highly unlikely. Most hot tubs are simply too shallow for a person to slip down under the water so it covers all his breathing organs.

However, even if this happened to be the case, the very effect of being underwater would wake the hot tub user and he would have no trouble sitting or standing up and avoid suffocation.

Some of the possible effects such an occurrence may cause is feeling a sensation of dizzy or feeling mild nausea due to the fact that the body has been submerged too long under the warm hot tub water.

The very idea of falling asleep and drowning in the hot tub is derived from the fact that sense of relaxation of muscles and the comfortable feeling of wellness and enjoyment, that can cause a person to daze off a bit.

However, this can be used to the owner‘s advantage. By taking a bath in the hot tub some 2 hours before going into bed, the body temperature will increase during the time spent in a hot tub, then greatly reduce, causing reduced brain activity and allowing the body to relax and fall asleep easier.

One of the risks of dazing off in the hot tub is precisely the warm water, which can cause the hot tub owner or user‘s body to overheat if staying too long.

Can you die from being in the hot tub too long?

Sitting in hot water in the hot tub for too long can be the cause of severe heat-related illnesses, such as nausea, dizziness or fainting, and (in extremely rare cases) even death.

In case the hot owner or user is feeling these symptoms (nausea, dizziness, light-headed sensation), it usually means that spending too much time in the hot tub water has increased his body temperature too much, which can be dangerous. Once the person is out of the hot tub, in case of cold weather, it can quickly have an opposite effect, decreasing the body‘s temperature to the point of hypothermia.

Another issue caused by staying too long in the hot tub can be changes in the blood flow to the brain, that cause the above-mentioned symptoms of dizziness and nausea.

The most dangerous types of spas actually are whirlpool spas –  jacuzzi, that according to scientists, presents an ideal breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and microorganisms. One of them causes legionnaire‘s disease, which can be fatal in some cases.

Preventing such health issues implies maintaining your hot tub responsibly, showering before getting into it and monitoring the water temperature and chemical state.

It should be mentioned that these health issues are relatively uncommon and that most hot tub owners are aware of these risks and avoid them.

How many people drown in a hot tub each year?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, one of the main authorities on this subject, on average 60 drownings related to hot tubs are recorded each year.

Although it is not a number that can be discarded so easily, one should keep in mind that a great deal of these deaths is related to lack of caution and proper maintenance of their hot tubs.

The main reason for this amount of hot tub-related deaths is extremely hot water, which implies lack of proper and regular checks of hot tub water temperature. The other big reason for death related to hot tub usage is intoxication, either by drugs or alcohol, that prevents the hot tub user from reacting in an appropriate manner and responsible behavior.

Finally, an additional reason for these deaths can be attributed to unfortunate accidents, that vary from unintentional falling inside to tangled hair in a drain or jet, causing drowning. One of the saddest facts regarding this is that children are more inclined to experience such accidents, so hot tub owners, especially those who have families, can never be too diligent and careful. It is important to treat this great product properly and the way it is recommended, to avoid such unfortunate events.

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I'm Adnan Sabanovic, the guy behind Hot Tubs Report. I've had a chance to enjoy hot tubs last few years and have really become interested in owning one of them. Nearly every weekend you'll find me spending time with my family or playing sports. If I am not doing that then I'm here writing about tubs on Hot Tubs Report. This blog is a research for my first hot tub which I decided to document and share publically so others can benefit from it as well.

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