Electrical Devices. Common sense tells us that we shouldn’t use electrical devices such as portable radios and CD players where they could fall into the water and electrocute bathers. Whenever possible, use battery-operated appliances instead. Make sure all outside electrical outlets are equipped with a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) to protect against electrical shock.

Telephones. Install a phone or keep a cordless telephone near the spa for use in an emergency. Along with the phone, have a list of emergency contact names and numbers. It’s also a good idea to have your own address on the list in case a guest or someone unfamiliar with your address is making the call.

Glassware. Don’t use glassware around spas. Broken glass poses a serious danger to barefoot bathers and is nearly impossible to remove from the water. Instead, use pfastic or paper cups and dishes.

Storms. Don’t soak in your outdoor hot tub during lightning or rainstorms because of the threat of electrocution if lighting were to strike the water.


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