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What Is The Ideal Hot Tub Temperature?

By Casey Ollson

After a hard day of work, its always nice to soak in a hot tub to eliminate stress and relax your tired, aching body. But before you dip into the hot water, check it first. Make sure your hot tub is set at the right temperature. The wrong temperature can be hazardous.

This hot tub health warning comes from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) which explains that high water temperatures can endanger your health. For this reason, it recommends 104 degrees Fahrenheit as the maximum temperature of a hot tub.

Many experts agree that higher temperatures can health ailing bodies. Hot water treatments, including baths, are actually used all over the world. For example, those in Japan bathe in temperatures that reach as much as 115 degrees Fahrenheit. However, in the U.S. and other countries where hot tub temperatures are regulated, this is not the case. This is because these extremely high temperatures are often associated with health problems such as heat stroke.

Because of this warning, most hot tub manufacturers have installed controls on their products so that temperatures cannot go above and beyond the recommended level. The CPSC has indicated that if the water temperature goes too far beyond a persons regular body temperature, it can make them feel drowsy. This drowsiness can result in unconsciousness and then drowning.

If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages during or before your hot tub dip, you can put yourself at greater risk of such drowsiness and drowning. In fact, this year so far more than 10 deaths have been reported in hot tubs, three of which involved the use of alcohol in a tub that had a temperature of more than 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

Extremely hot temperatures should be avoided by those who are pregnant since this can cause damage to the fetus. People with hypertension and heart problems are also at risk. Heat raises the blood pressure and can therefore cause individuals to suffer strokes and heart attacks which can result in death. Since obesity is typically associated with high blood pressure, these overweight individuals should avoid high hot tub temperatures as well.

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Ollson, Casey "What Is The Ideal Hot Tub Temperature?." What Is The Ideal Hot Tub Temperature?. 11 Jul. 2010. 13 Sep 2014 <>.

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