Hot Tub Health & Safety Rules

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The hot tub is shared between the Long Barn and Garden Cottage so we would ask you to ‘book a slot’ by using the chalk board to indicate when you would like to use it. The Hot Tub is strictly for the use of paying overnight guests only.

We will ensure that the water is kept clean with regular testing and treatments to help keep you safe. Before use, you must read and follow these simple instructions to further ensure your safety and enjoyment.

Always shower with soap and water before and after using the hot tub. Showering before will help prevent the filter from clogging with skin oils and lotions and also prevent bacteria from entering the water. Showering after will help remove any water treatments that linger on your skin, preventing the possibility of rashes and subsequent infection.

Never use the hot tub when wearing fake tan. Fake tan is one of the biggest causes of problems in hot tubs and we may need to make a charge for emptying, cleaning and refilling the tub and cleaning/replacing filters. It may also react on your skin and will almost certainly have an undesirable effect on your tan!

Wear footwear between the cottage and the hot tub to avoid slipping and contamination. Slippers and dressing gowns are provided for your comfort – these are not a gift and should be left behind when you leave.

Enter and exit slowly and with care, take extra care in the winter as water splashes may freeze forming a slippery icy surface.

If you have long hair, please put it up in a pony tail or bun to avoid getting it caught in a filter or drain.

Eating is not permitted in the hot tub and drinks must be in non glass containers (provided).

We are realistic about the use of alcohol in the hot tub but warn that the hot water will speed the effects of alcohol. Alcohol can make you drowsy, and falling asleep in hot water can be very dangerous. Similarly avoid using the hot tub when overly tired or at least have a more alert person with you.

Make sure the water is at an appropriate temperature, taking into consideration the people using it. 38-40∘C is generally the recommended temperature for adults. Children should never be in the water if it is warmer than bathwater – about 34∘C (but be aware that changing the water temperature can take a number of hours and other users will reasonably expect the water to be at 38-40∘C when they come to use it).

Do not put your head under the water in the hot tub as this increases the risk of infection and heightens the risk of drowning.

Always keep the hot tub covered when not in use. This will conserve energy and prevent animals and young children climbing/falling in. Do not sit/lay or place heavy items on the cover.

Never use electrical devices (including phones, radios, TV’s, or any other corded device) in or near the hot tub.