Hot tubs and spas often are an overlooked drowning danger for
children. Drowning can result from unintentional falls into the water, from
hair that becomes tangled in drains or jets, or from body parts becoming
Consider keeping hot tubs and spas off-limits to young children. Talk
to your doctor before allowing children younger than age 5 to use
If you allow children in a hot tub or spa, prevent a drowning
incident by taking proper precautions and talking to your children about
potential hazards. The following recommendations can help protect your children
from an accident or drowning related to hot tubs and spas:
CitationsConsumer Product Safety Commission (accessed 2010). Spas, hot
tubs, and whirlpools. CPSC Document No. 5112. Available
November 30, 2010
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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