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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hot Tub Dangers

Hot tubs can be a great way to relax, but they also pose serious health hazards. According to a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital's Research Institute, hot tub-related injuries have increased 160 percent over the past 20 years.

The study examined injuries from hot tubs from 1990-2007 and found that during this time period, injuries from hot tubs increased from 2,500 to more than 6,600 per year. Hot tubs are particularly dangerous to children under 6 and pose accidental drowning as the highest risk among children.

What the dangers are

Half of the injuries reported were slips and falls. Other injuries included cuts and injuries to the head and lower extremities. But that's not all. There are risks involved by staying in the hot tub too long. Overheating the body can not only dehydrate you but also quickly increase your blood pressure to dangerous levels. So, people who have high blood pressure or a history of heart disease and stroke need to be very careful about using hot tubs. Alcohol and caffeine can accelerate the danger.

Hot tubs not for children; here's why...

Children can easy get trapped in the drain. The suction can drag them down and even result in their hair getting caught in the drain, resulting in drowning. Hot tubs are designed for adult relaxation, and children should never be allowed in a hot tub without adult supervision.
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