Spas and Kids: Not So Hot

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Hot tubs may seem like small pools that are perfectly safe for children, but that's not the case. Kids and spas, whirlpools and hot tubs don't make for a good mix. The dangers of hot tubs range from drowning to entrapment to overheating. So before you allow your kids to sink into that home spa, consider this.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that there have been more than 700 deaths in the last three decades in spas. About one-third of those deaths were children under the age of 5. At least 49 people have had their hair sucked into the suctions of a spa that held the person underwater over the past year. Deaths have also been attributed to water temperatures exceeding 110 degrees. The hot water can raise body temperature, leading to stroke and death. Children exposed to high temperatures are also at risk for brain damage.