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Are Hot Tubs Safe for People with Hypertension?

May 17th, 2011 by

Are hot tubs safe for those with high blood pressure?

Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology and the Cardiovascular Risk Factor Reduction Unit, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

hypertensionBACKGROUND:

People with hypertension are commonly warned to check with a physician before using a hot tub, but there is little literature on which to base this advice. We compared symptoms, heart rate, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure in response to 10 minutes of hot-tub immersion in a group of patients with treated hypertension and in a control group normotensive subjects.

METHODS:

We recruited 21 patients (18 men and 3 women aged 43-76 years) with stable, treated hypertension and 23 control subjects (14 men and 9 women aged 19-83 years) without hypertension. They were studied, in mid-afternoon, at a public facility. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate were measured at baseline, during immersion in a hot tub at 40 degrees C and for 10 minutes after immersion. We asked each subject to report any symptoms.

RESULTS:

None of the subjects reported dizziness, chest pain or palpitations. During immersion, systolic blood pressure fell in both groups, from a mean (and standard deviation [SD]) of 144 (17) mm Hg to 122 (18) mm Hg in the hypertensive group (p < 0.05) and from 130 (14) mm Hg to 110 (17) mm Hg in the control group (p < 0.05). It returned toward baseline within 10 minutes after the subjects left the hot tub. Diastolic blood pressure also fell, whereas heart rate was increased in both groups. The hypertensive group showed a slightly lower maximal increase in heart rate than the normotensive group (5 [SD 5] v. 13 [SD 10] beats/minute, p < 0.05).

INTERPRETATION:

Immersion in a hot tub for 10 minutes lowers blood pressure in subjects with treated hypertension, but no more than in normotensive control subjects. Spending 10 minutes in a hot tub should be safe for most treated hypertensive patients.

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[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID: PMC280579

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Silly Hot Tub Cover Warning Labels

May 17th, 2011 by

warning-1Well I’m not surprised that hot tub covers labeling made the list of the annual,

2011 Wacky Warning Labels Contest Finalists!

The finalists have been selected – and they’re crazier than ever!  The 14th annual Wacky Warning Labels™ Contest, which reaches tens of millions of Americans each year, entertains and alarms the nation about the lawsuit-happy culture and the lengths to which companies must go to avoid lawsuits.

The three national winners will be chosen in mid-June and the people who nominated the winning labels will receive cash prizes.

One hot tub cover had the following label statement – “Avoid drowning. Remove safety cover from spa when in use” on a hot tub cover.

Among the other finalist are:

Pens - warning against chewing.

Bikes – stating the riders are professionals despite the image showing kids with training wheels.

Gas Masks – stating they do not supply oxygen.

If you want to vote you can by going to http://www.centerforamerica.org/.

I voted for the hot tub cover because I couldn’t resist.

 

Noisy Hot Tubs

May 16th, 2011 by
Noisy Hot Tubs can be a real bummer.  I know I had one outside my bedroom a long time ago.  Good news is most quality hot tubs do not make a lot of noise today.
A Genesee Avenue resident called police at 12:57 a.m. May 6 because a neighbor’s hot tub kept coming on every few minutes and keeping her awake, even with the windows closed. Police talked to the hot tub’s owner and it was shut off for the night.

 

A few things you do to avoid the noises associated with a hot tub or spa.

  1. Buy a spa with 24 circulation system and full foam insulation.
  2. Buy a spa which allows you to set the filter cycle timing (Artesian Spas, Sundance Spas, Jacuzzi, and many others).
  3. A quality spa cover muffles the noise greatly and keeps the operation costs down.

Do these few things and you’ll never be awakened by your spa.

Enjoy………..

Hot Tub Drowning

May 12th, 2011 by

This short story is about a Fire Fighter that was intoxicated and drowned in a hot tub at friends house.  Sad story.

Locking the spa cover saves lives. Not using a spa when intoxicated also does.

According to the Evansville Police Department incident report, the home’s residents, unidentified in the report, invited victim over Sunday to give him some home furnishings, and the victim stayed for a swim party.

According to the report, the husband told police the victim started drinking alcohol at 2 p.m.

About 7 p.m., the wife told her husband the victim appeared very intoxicated. The couple brought him inside and had him lay down in a guest room.

About 9 p.m., the husband said he checked on the victim because he heard stumbling. He reportedly helped the victim to the bathroom and heard him rummaging through the medicine cabinet.

The husband told police he then went in the bathroom and took some generic antihistamine from victim and made him lay down.

About midnight Monday the husband said he heard noise in his backyard but didn’t see anyone outside.

The husband said about 5:50 a.m. he went to pick up trash from the party and noticed the hot tub cover was folded back. He lifted the cover and found the victim lying face up just underneath the surface of the water.

The couple called 911 before moving him to the edge of the hot tub.

Police said the victim appeared to have been dead for several hours.

“It appears to be an accident,” said Groves. “But I have to wait for the toxicology results before I rule.”

Read the full story here:  http://www.courierpress.com/news/2011/apr/12/accidental-drowning-may-be-cause-hot-tub-death/

Child Safety and Hot Tubs

May 9th, 2011 by

Below is an article on hot tub safety. One point to add is a locking spa cover will provide the needed protection to keep our children safe around spas and hot tubs.

With kids at play, make pools and spas safer

By CRIS CARL
Published: Monday, May. 9, 2011 – 3:14 am

It took the drowning death of a 7-year-old girl in a hot tub to bring about safety regulations regarding pools and spas. Through the efforts of the child’s mother and legislators, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act went into effect December of 2008. “One accident is too many,” said Mark Larange, owner of Livin’ Easy Spa Sales & Service in Greenfield, Mass.

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While the pool and spa safety act is a federal law that primarily impacts public pools and spas, each state has been adopting portions of the law to oversee those that are privately owed. “Any time there is an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) related event such as what happened to that child they (the government) always works to make us better,” said Larange.

Larange said that different states have focused on differing aspects of the law to make them more stringent. It is important to check state and local laws in relation to pools and spas whether you are installing something new or are retrofitting your pool or spa. Speak to your local building inspector when considering new pool and spa safety measures.

Some states are currently working on legislation and have no specific regulations relating to private ownership. However, most states are in the process of adopting new legislation. Larange said he expected Massachusetts to have new legislation within the next two years.

Regardless of legislation, there are steps you can easily take as a homeowner to make your pool or spa safer for your children:

Preventing Entrapment

The primary culprit in pool and spa injuries and deaths usually involves entrapment of hair or other body parts that are drawn into a drain or pump. “Entrapment can happen then there are faulty drains or pumps,” said Larange. Children are especially susceptible to entrapment due to lighter weight and smaller body size. In addition, Larange said, children often play games in pools and spas, diving to the bottom or seeing how long they can hold their breath, for example.

Larange said that many pools generally have self-priming pumps which draw water into it and are gravity fed. The suction created can hold a child underwater if they come in close contact with the drain.

If you have a pool or spa/hot tub at home, you can retrofit your drains and pumps at a fairly low cost. You can retrofit anti-entrapment drains for about $90 to $150. Larange said that the new anti-entrapment devices/systems are more sensitive to water pressure, and will automatically shut down if water flow is reduced. “In spas, there are also now bottom filters and surface top skimmers. There are check valves that will switch one system to the other if there is more than two pounds of pressure on one of the systems.”

Larange said that newer drains are often higher than the surface of the pool or spa with various openings for suction, as opposed to just one opening with much higher suction. “So, if someone brushes up against it, there is plenty of space to draw (suction) from the other side,” he said.

Pool Surface Alarms

Larange said that pool surface alarms can also be installed so that if a child sneaks into a pool or spa, the alarm will go off once the surface of the water is broken. “As soon as something splashes in the water, the pumps shut down,” said Larange.

There are numerous types of surface alarms. Most transmit a signal to the owner that the water has been breeched. The two types of surface alarms are those that float on the surface of the water and those that detect subsurface wave motion and are installed on the sides of a pool or spa. Both can be adjusted for sensitivity. Subsurface alarms have been noted to work better and have fewer false alarms than surface alarms. Surface alarms range in cost from about $150 to $250. Subsurface alarms cost a bit more ranging from $200 to $300.

The Old Fashioned Way

The most important thing you can do to protect your children is watch them at all times if they are in a pool or spa.

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Hot Tub Rentals

May 4th, 2011 by

I saw this article is about hot tub rentals in San Diego. Not a new idea but I like that people are getting a chance to try a hot tub. It could only lead to more people enjoying all the benefits of ownership of their own hot tub. I wish them lots of success.

Rentable, Blow-Upable Hot Tubs

By Eve Kelly | Published Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rentable, Blow-Upable Hot Tubs

“We were sitting around a campfire in 2005,” recalled Michael Hawkins, owner of San Diego Hot Tub Rentals (858-578-8822, sandiegohottubrentals.com), “and we saw an inflatable hot tub in a Popular Science magazine. We thought, That would be great to have when we got back from going out downtown. And then we thought, I bet someone would want to rent it from us.”

He was right. Today, Hawkins said, “We do vacation rentals along the boardwalk, we’ve been down on the beach, and we’ve been on rooftop decks. And I have a portable battery pack, so we can set up a hot-tub party trailer. It’s about 20 feet long, and a little more than a third of it is an elevated floor for the hot tub. You can have people standing on the back by the barbecue and the Kegerator, and there’s a bar rail along the whole thing…. Once, we did a Super Bowl hot-tub party at the Leo Carrillo campground in Malibu. We had DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket set up with a flat-screen right there at the campsite.”

By the time he made it to Malibu, Hawkins had found a better product than his original inflatable model. “Now, we use Softub hot tubs. They’re made from high-density foam and covered in marine-grade vinyl. Some of the blow-up or assembled hot tubs will only have champagne-style bubbles coming up; they won’t have jets like you’d find in a Jacuzzi. But the Softub has those Jacuzzi-style jets…. All you need is the outlet, a water source, and a level surface.”

Hawkins ran down the rest of the specs. “The ones we rent are the largest model: room for six people, 300-gallon capacity. But because they’re only 75 pounds, you can flip them on their sides and roll them through a standard doorway.

We bring a continuous hot-water heater that runs on propane; if the heat drops a couple of degrees while you’re using it, the heater will turn on and keep the temperature maintained. For safety, there’s a locking lid.

We use a very small dose of granulated chlorine — usually about three days’ worth. And there’s a device inside the motor pack that pushes out ozone, and that acts as a sanitizer to kill a lot of the bacteria.

That way, you use less chemicals. Unless there’s heavy use with a lot of tanning lotion or things like that, it usually stays pretty clean for a weekend. But we teach you how to use it and give you enough chemicals for whatever rental period you need.”

A rental costs $349 for a Friday-to-Monday weekend; $299 daily for midweek. The party trailer is $499 daily. Summer and Christmas are the busiest times of year; call to reserve.

“We come and drain it,” continued Hawkins. “We try to reclaim as much [water] as possible. As long as you don’t put additional chemicals in, the water becomes neutral within 24 hours, and so it’s safe for plants or lawns. I actually partnered with a mobile car detailer; he sometimes uses it for rinse-water.” He has also partnered with massage therapists to provide day-long retreats. “We’ll come in with tables. Five one-hour massages plus a hot-tub rental would be $750.”

Like Hawkins, Ed Vasquez at Hollywood Hot Rub Rentals (619-312-2592, hollywoodhottubrentals.com) also has a varied client list. “I never ask what people are doing. I had an auto mechanic put one in his shop. And I’ve done three or four baptismal setups at churches. I’ve never had a bad customer, though the college guys at San Diego State are hard on them. We have a pretty extensive contract; the renter has complete liability for everything from uninvited guests to uninvited pets.”

Also like Hawkins, Vasquez rents Softubs, but he carries the two and four-person hot tubs as well as the six-person. “The two- and six-person tubs are the most popular. The six-person comes with a little bench seat and a spa light. But you don’t really need the bench; when you sit in them, you’re kind of buoyant. You’re just floating.”

Vasquez found that “most people rent them for only a day or two, so they’re fine without doing much in the way of maintenance. But I do have people down by the beach who will keep it for a week or two, and then I have to clean it once or twice a week. I’ll pump out the water, hose it down, wipe it with chlorine, and then fill it back up.”

Thanks;

Jerry

Reward for Missing Hot Tubs

May 4th, 2011 by
hot-tub-crasher
Stolen Hot Tubs?  Really. Not the brightest crooks.
Update: The case was solved, and the spa bandits were turned in by someone who anonymously claimed the reward money.
The used spas were recovered, and put to personal use by the company.
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Reward for information in theft of two hot tubs

Rapid City Journal

The owner of Rapid Spa is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the theft of two hot tubs from the Rapid City business.

The hot tubs weigh about 300 pounds apiece and were stolen from the business at 141 E. Omaha St. location on separate occasions, according to Bob Hurd, owner of Rapid Spa.

The first theft occurred about a year and a half ago; the hot tub retailed for about $5,200, Hurd said. The second happened in December 2010; it was the same model, but retailed for about $4,500, Hurd said.

Any information regarding the two hot tub thefts can be emailed to stolenhottub@gmail.com.

 

Hottubworks.com Proves Customer Service is Key

April 29th, 2011 by

hot-tub-spa-consumer-reviewsI love it when I can open my email and see so many client comments and reviews on our products but even more importantly our people.  We are truly a company who cares about our customers and that’s what its all about.

We don’t claim to be perfect yet we are trying to get better everyday.  I’m grateful to work with such an amazing group of people!

These are the reviews just from this morning’s email……..

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No question just want to say thanks for the spa cover you built it raised my spa core temp from 75 to 98-102 with just the cover change. I have talk to 3 freinds that will need covers soon a tolded them what you did for me they have seen the cover an like it will order soon thanks again for doing what you do an do it right
Customer Name: kenneth l

Contact VIA email

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Hi Brian,
First of, thanks for your help and expertise.  It really made me feel comfortable in making my purchase.  Your warranty and return policy on your product was also a deciding factor for me.  It was much better than your competitors.
Second, I just wanted to mention that the flex pack installed surprisingly easy.  It took longer for me to cut out the hole for the digital control than it was to screw down the pump and control pack.  I was able to use my existing fittings without any problems.  I’d say it took me an hour tops and I was ready to go. So far it’s working great.
Since I’ve done a lot of the research in comparing different companies on prices, warranty, and BBB ratings, I’ve already recommended you to my coworker who will be in the market for a spa pack.

Thanks again!
Roger.

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COMMENT: Thank you to Leata, EXT #108, for the wonderful customer service she provided with my recent order (4-25-11). I was attempting to order filters for my swim spa without a part number; and while the one I looked up on the internet would have physically fit, it would have be very inefficient for the size of my unit. She recommended getting parts numbers for the housing assembly, and after calling her back, she matched the approprate spa filter based on that & the actual size of my swim spa. She went above and beyond my expectations in providing EXCELLANT CUSTOMER SERVICE. She was polite,helpful, and informative throughout the entire process; even when calling her back with details near COB. Thank you so much. Please relay my comments to her. You can bet you will recieve several orders from me in the future. KUDOS!
Customer Name: Shawn Jones

Contact VIA email

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To Whom it May Concern,
I called and talked with Lietta (ext. 108) regarding this order shortly after I received this e-mail.  My son is getting married on Saturday May 30th and we are hosting the rehearsal dinner as well as having several of our close friends stay with us for the weekend.  And I really needed my New Hot Tub cover before the 29th.  She has tracked the manufacture of the spa cover and talked with the freight company several times to ensure delivery before the 29th.  I received my new spa cover yesterday May 27th and I wanted to drop you a note and say “THANKS” for the excellent customer service and let you know that you have a very valuable employee in Lietta.  She called me several times to let me know the progress of the cover and it was greatly appreciated.  I wish all customer service people were as kind and understanding as Lietta.  Don let her get away from you!

Thanks very much from a very satisfied customer.

Sincerely,

Craig

Sun Burned Spa Cover

April 26th, 2011 by

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Sometimes we see all kinds of strange things happening to our spa covers. Rarely will we get a warranty request for a strange marking pattern which looks like a burn. This is an example of one of those rare events.

This is an email exchange between the client and Nick in Customer Service.

 

 

Hello Nick,

I owe you and Hot Tub Works an apology.  I’ve finally figured out the issue.  One day a couple of months ago I was out in the yard working.  It was a cool afternoon, but I felt a warm heat on the back of my neck.  I was getting a reflection off my upper bedroom double pane window.  I made a mental note to watch reflection as the days got longer and the sun moved northward on the horizon.  Today I saw a reflection off a lower window casting extra light and heat in the exact pattern as the “dual truck tire pattern”.  I think I made a mistake assuming the problem was yours.  I am sorry.  You guys treated me exceptionally well under the circumstances, and I will continue to be your customer.  I will call next time I order a cover to find out how to prevent trouble.  Again, please accept my apologies, and pass this on to the woman in customer relations.  Thank you.

Doug

 

Nick,

Here is the tub as it sits.  Moss Beach is on the coast in the foggiest portion of No. Cal.  Our hottest day was 86F.  One day.  Heat is not a factor.  If you look at the close-ups, you can see the edges of the foam retain the original size.  What do you mean by “sun damage”?  This is quite strange and I can’t really blame you guys for doubting me after we went through this before, but there is indeed a problem with foam.  It’s wacky that it happens to only one side, the exact same side as before, but I have not abused this cover, or the previous cover in any way.  I should have kept the first cover.  I could have taken the good side out and replaced it into the newer cover and had a complete undamaged hot tub cover.  Please send this up your chain of management so someone can correct this issue.  I trust your company can fix the problem.  I even sold my friend on your spa covers, (he has no grooves in his at this time).

Doug

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Hot Tub Slayer Gets 20 Years

April 20th, 2011 by

Sad story, drug related homicide of her former boyfriend.

Woman Sentenced to 20 years in Scottsdale Hot-Tub Slaying

April 20, 2011 · Published By Student Journalist

killerA 28-year-old Phoenix woman was sentenced Friday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle to 20 years in prison for a 2009 Scottsdale hot-tub slaying.

Morgan Leigh Adams pleaded guilty to three felony charges: manslaughter, attempted sale of narcotic drugs and sale of narcotic drugs.  She was sentenced to a five-year probation following her prison term.

On May 14, 2009, a landscaper found the body of 44-year-old Dale Webber in the spa of his Scottsdale home.  The cause of death was initially believed to be a drowning, but the Maricopa County Medical Examiner later found that Webber had been shot, according to court records.

Police records stated that Webber had been dead for a number of days before his body was found.

Adams, who dated the victim for three years and remained in contact with him to purchase oxycontin after their breakup, was arrested in connection with the killing on July 9, 2009, according to court records. Adams was initially charged with 16 counts, including first-degree murder, armed robbery, misconduct involving weapons and narcotic drug violations, court documents stated.

She was held at the Fourth Avenue Jail on a $1 million cash bond, according to court records.

Defense attorney Eric Kessler told Adams’ loved ones before the proceedings began, “There’s nothing I can say that will change the outcome of today.”

Steinle said during the sentencing that “while (the plea bargain may not fully be what the family wanted,” he accepted the plea and believed the attorneys had worked hard on the case.

“I have full confidence… that it was not just to remove another file from the desk,” Steinle said.

Deputy County Attorney Laura Reckart commended the Scottsdale Police Department in “bringing this woman to justice,” calling it a “very difficult case to solve.”

Adams fainted as she walked to stand in front of the judge, causing a brief halt in the proceedings before she gave her final statement to the court.

“I want to send my condolences to the family,” Adams said as she shook.  “When they lost a son and brother, I lost my best friend myself.”

Webber’s sister, Rhonda Long, spoke on behalf of the victim’s family, calling the killing “senseless, unnecessary and cold-blooded.”

“I’m here today with family members to speak for Dale, who can no longer speak for himself,” she said, tears in her eyes.  Her husband David stood behind her and comforted her as she spoke to the judge.

The killing occurred around Mother’s Day in 2009, and the holiday will “always remind (their mother) of the night her youngest son’s life was taken,” Long said.

“I can only hope (Adams) will gain a conscience and someday feel remorse for what she has done,” Long said.

Guest article contributed by Shane McOwen and Kirsten Adams
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication