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Archive for July, 2012

Hot Spring Spa – Therm Products Heater Recall

July 20th, 2012 by

News from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
June 28, 2012
Release #12-211

Watkins Manufacturing and Therm Products Recall Spas Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product: Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs

Units: About 5,600

Spa Manufacturer: Watkins Manufacturing Corp., dba Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs, of Vista, Calif.

Heater Manufacturer: Therm Products, a division of Caldesso LLC, of San Bernardino, Calif.

Hazard: A loose internal electrical connection of the spa heaters can overheat and ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/injuries: Watkins Manufacturing has received 31 reports of heaters on these spas overheating, five of which resulted in a fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall includes the following 11 models of Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs brand spas installed with Therm Products No-Fault Water Heaters: Aria, Envoy, Flair, Glow, Grandee, Jetsetter, Prodigy, Pulse, Sovereign, Vanguard and Vista. The recalled spas were manufactured from March 2011 to December 2011 and were installed since October 2011. The date is represented by 2N, 3N, or 4N in the spa’s seven to 10 alpha-numeric serial code. For example, xxx2N#### or xxx4N####, where “xxx” represents a series of letters one to three characters long, and “####” is a four-digit numerical sequence. The model name and serial code are printed on a label within the spa’s equipment compartment, located behind a removable panel on the side of the spa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sold at: Independent spa dealers nationwide from March 2011 to March 2012

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled spas and shut off power to the spa unit, following instructions provided in the owner’s manual or by the Watkins-Therm Products Response Hotline. Consumers should contact the Watkins-Therm Products Response Hotline or their Watkins Manufacturing spa dealer for a free replacement heater and installation by a service technician. Watkins Manufacturing spa dealers are also contacting all affected owners to schedule the free installation of a replacement heater.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact the Watkins-Therm Products Response Hotline at (855) 226-1314 anytime, or visit the Therm Products’ website at www.thermproducts.com or the Watkins Manufacturing website at www.hotspring.com.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Firms’ Recall Hotline: (855) 226-1314
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Hot Tub Safety Tips

July 20th, 2012 by

Hot-Tub-Safety by Pool Gear Plus

Your Health: Hot tub safety tips

by Terry Hollenbeck, M.D.

Hot tubs, also known as spas, Jacuzzis and soaking tubs, have long been enjoyed by people seeking relaxation, stress reduction and a way to soothe aching muscles.

In my research for this column, I could find no scientific studies relating to the safe use of hot tubs. Most literature I reviewed states that if you have health questions relating to safe use of your hot tub, you should consult your physician.

Well, folks, because of the lack of medical research data, this physician — and most of my colleagues with whom I have spoken — can’t give any scientifically proven guidelines for the safe use of hot tubs. What advice we can give falls along the lines of experience and common sense.

With that being said, here are my guidelines for the safe use of hot tubs:

  • Shower with soap and water before and after use of a hot tub.
  • Do not heat your tub hotter than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and use an accurate thermometer to determine the temperature. Even if you’re in good health, do not soak longer than 20 minutes at a time.
  • A temperature of 100 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes is safer for those with heart disease or chronic medical problems and during pregnancy. It would be best not to use a hot tub during the first three months of pregnancy.
  • Children should be at least 5 years old and soak no longer than 10 to 15 minutes — and always under adult supervision — in a tub no hotter than 100 degrees.
  • Avoid hot tub use if under the influence of alcohol or drugs such as tranquilizers, antidepressants or sleeping pills.
  • Slowly exit the tub after soaking. Sit on the edge for a few minutes before standing upright. This should prevent the possibility of passing out because of the tub lowering your blood pressure.
  • Keep the tub clean and well maintained.

One way to prevent overheating is to not submerge your entire body in the hot tub water. Keeping your arms and shoulders out of the water is a good way to avoid getting too hot.

If someone with heart disease has been cleared by a doctor as well enough to exercise, they are probably at no risk when using a hot tub according to the above guidelines. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no evidence for increased risk of a heart attack while relaxing in a hot tub.

Hot tub folliculitis is a common pimple-like rash that will afflict some people after the use of a tub with a low chlorine level. It can be avoided by properly maintaining the tub and by showering after tub use. Unless severe, this rash will usually heal itself without the need to seek treatment from a doctor.

Enjoy your hot tub — that’s what it’s for.

Terry Hollenbeck, M.D., is an urgent-care physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz in Scotts Valley. Readers can view his previous columns on his website, valleydoctor.wordpress.com, or e-mail him at valleydoctor@sbcglobal.net. Information in this column is not intended to replace advice from your own health care professional. For any medical concern, consult your own doctor.

NOTE- Many safety issues arise when the hot tub is not use, please use a locking hot tub cover to secure hot tub when it’s not in use.

Hot Tub Health Benefits – Spa Therapy

July 17th, 2012 by

 Hot tubs and their therapeutic benefits

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I have chronic low back pain, neck pain and migraine headaches. I feel sure that most of the pain is due to a car wreck in my thirties. I was stopped at a red light to make a left-hand turn when a drunk driver plowed into the back of my car. I did have on my seat belt, but it was before the days of air bags, so I suffered quite a jolt. My car was pushed through the light and into a parking lot on the other side of the street.

I wasn’t injured (at least not in a visual way), and I was so angry I didn’t go to the hospital. I just wanted to scream at the lady. Which I did. It helped me emotionally, but not so much my back and neck.

Last year, my husband and I were talking to our doctor about physical therapy, and we came up with the idea of installing a hot tub for hydrotherapy. Let me tell you, I was all over that idea.

Well, my wonderful husband went and bought me a hot tub almost immediately. And we have both reaped the benefits. It has been great at relieving my back and neck pain. When I wake up with a backache and the beginning of a headache, it is the first place to go. The backache goes away and the headache usually calms down dramatically.

Here’s what the health specialists have to say about hot tubs and their benefits: hydrotherapy, or warm water therapy in hot tub spas, consists of three main healing ingredients: heat, buoyancy and massage. Hot tub hydrotherapy on a regular basis provides physical health benefits that go much deeper than just relaxation and pleasure.

Stress, headaches and sleep

As for stress, warm water massage stimulates the body to release endorphins that reduce stress. Also, a hot tub’s hydrotherapy jets dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. When it comes to nightie-night time, a 15-minute soak in a hot tub will have you sleeping like a baby. Soaking in hot water about 90 minutes before bedtime lowers your temperature, thus helping those with difficulty sleeping. This all-natural sleep aid can also be achieved by soaking in a tub of warm water – it doesn’t take a hot tub!

Muscles and joints

Hot tub and spa use by athletes has soared to repair injured muscles. Tennis Magazine said, “Your skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased blood circulation” and if muscles are injured, “a soak in a hot tub or whirlpool increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing nutrients to help repair the damage.”

The Arthritis Foundation found that warm water hydrotherapy can help those with arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation “The soothing warmth and buoyancy of hydrotherapy makes it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain. Using a spa adds another component to the therapy – massage.”

Doctors and researchers have also found healing benefits for those suffering with diabetes. A Colorado study at the McKee Medical Center showed that patients who spent 30 minutes per day in a hot tub reported a 13 percent decrease in blood sugar levels, improved sleep and a higher sense of well-being. A hot tub is a natural and successful in stress relief, blood pressure, headaches and the acceleration of the healing process.

The muscle relaxing and joint loosening benefits of hot tubs help those with depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, scoliosis and bursitis. Thermo spas hot tubs have even been known to provide significant help for those afflicted with diseases as serious as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

So, the verdict is in: you can’t go wrong with a hot tub or Jacuzzi if you are suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia – the list goes on. Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years. It’s a natural therapy, safely used by hospitals, physiotherapists and health spas around the world. And now it is used by me. I will be the first to say that it relieves back pain and headaches.

Caution: If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or any other medical condition, you must consult with your physician before beginning any hot water therapy program. Infants and children are more sensitive to the effects of heat, and experts recommend shorter soaking times. Always consult your doctor.

Reposted from the Daily Record – Health Corner by Kay Bona

HotTubWorks.com does not sell hot tubs but rather all the supplies needed to care for your hot tub; hot tub covers, spa filters, and hot tub supplies.

Hot Tub Covers Save Water and Energy

July 9th, 2012 by

go-green

We help people save energy and water with our hot tub covers. In fact our covers were approved by Oregon Energy Trust for a $100 rebate because we can save up to 40% of energy with our energy saving hot tub covers.

That being said, there are many other ways to save around the home.

Learning to conserve water and energy is very important. As humans, we tend to over-consume, leading to unacceptable amounts of waste. Living sustainable starts in your home. Between showering, laundry, running your spa and lighting the rooms of your house, we waste energy every single day. However, there are many ways you can start saving today.

Adapting to taking shorter, “efficient” showers and using less lighting, can be very beneficial. Another effective way to conserve is by updating your old appliances to low-flow, energy efficient, or water conserving equipment. By using less and updating your appliances, you can quickly conserve a lot and lower your bills!

Let’s take a closer look with this Acting Green vs. Buying Green:

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Source: eLocal.com

Energy and Water Efficient Spa & Hot Tub Operation

  • Keep your spa cover in good condition, and well fitted.
  • Reduce temperature during times it’s unused.
  • Use low speed only unless you’re using the spa
  • Keep your spa filter clean. Replace the cartridge annually.

 

Bullfrog Hot Tubs Fighting Cancer

July 9th, 2012 by

Fighting Cancer with Frogs and Hot Tubs

 

Bullfrog Spas supports cancer research by fielding team for Relay for Life, a charity to benefit the American Cancer Society

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Bullfrog Spas will be participating in the Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society on July 13 and 14. The relay event itself is located at River Front Park in South Jordan, Utah, just a few miles from the Bullfrog Spas headquarters and factory.

Relay for Life is a charity event organized to benefit cancer research and outreach. Individuals and corporations commit to raising funds and circling a track non-stop to commemorate those lost to cancer and to show strength to those now battling the disease.

As one or more team members walk, the other members of the team camp out around the track and all take turns walking laps throughout the night.

Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma WA colorectal surgeon, decided to run for 24 hours to raise awareness and funds for his local American Cancer Society. Today, inspired by this early all-night and all-day run, Relay for Life events are held across the nation to raise money for cancer research and awareness.

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Sean McKinney, Director of Manufacturing at Bullfrog Spas, along with Patti Mahon, Bullfrog Executive Administrative Assistant, have been leading the company-wide efforts to raise money in fun and creative ways.

Bullfrog has held contests, played games, charged good-natured fines for misspoken comments at meetings, and has provided some rather interesting contests to get company executives and managers to do all kinds of craziness when donation goals are reached.

It’s nice to see companies become involved in a cause. It’s good for the cause – and the company, as a morale builder, it brings people together.

 

Note: There is no affiliation between HotTubWorks.com and Bullfrog Spas.  We just respect these efforts and wanted to help spread the word. Of course, we do make replacement hot tub covers for Bullfrog spas! ;-)