If you’re looking to add a novel theme to your party, then a hot tub may be the answer.

Whether it’s a birthday, wedding, anniversary or any other celebration, the chance to plunge into a relaxing hot tub is guaranteed to make your event a memorable experience for your guests.

However, to make sure your party goes with a swing, it’s worth following a few basic rules to ensure everyone has fun safely.

hot tub partiesHot tubs and alcohol

Soaking in a hot tub can leave you dehydrated, so if you’re having alcoholic drinks, make sure you drink plenty of water too.

Dehydration increases the effects of alcohol as does the heat of the hot tub. Alcohol will expand your blood vessels and raise your body temperature and so will soaking in hot water. If you experience dizziness, fainting, headache, nausea or a rapid heartbeat you should immediately get out of the tub and drink plenty of water.

Alcohol can also make you feel sleepy and soaking in a hot tub will relax you further. If you feel at all drowsy, you should leave the tub.

Common sense safety

During the course of your party, water will undoubtedly splash around the sides of the tub and onto patio areas. To avoid your guests from slipping in wet patches, it’s advisable to put down rubber mats and cover any steps leading up to your hot tub in a slip-resistant material.

You could also put handrails or guardrails up as well, to help your guests keep their balance and stop young children falling into the water.

It’s an obvious one, but in their swimwear, your guests will be vulnerable to broken glass, so make sure any breakages are cleared up immediately. It’s also worth bearing in mind that glass is more prone to shattering when it's cold and then heated up, so be careful with bottles and glasses around the hot tub.

Children and hot tubs

The temperature of your hot tub may be capable of going up to 42C, but this is much too high for children. It’s sensible not to go above the 37C mark.

Children can get easily dehydrated in hot tubs so set a time limits of between 5 to 20 minutes and make sure they drink plenty of water too. It’s inadvisable for babies and toddlers to use a hot tub due to the risk of overheating or dehydration.

Pregnant women and hot tubs

The NHS website suggests it may be best for pregnant women to avoid hot tubs because of the risks of overheating, dehydration and fainting. A significant rise in your core temperature could affect an unborn baby's development, particularly in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Experts suggest limiting your use of a hot tub during pregnancy to less than 10 minutes and avoiding all together in the early weeks.

By following these few practical Dos and Don’ts you can ensure you and your guests have a great party without any hitches.

Fancy hiring a hot tub for a special occasion?

HGS hire hot tubs to homes and businesses throughout Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire for a weekend or a whole week. We also hire out hot tub shelters, so if the weather takes a turn for the worse, you can still enjoy your hot tub experience while being sheltered from wind and rain.

If you’d like to find out more about hot tub hire, contact Peter on 07749 863650.