Hot tub warning to families amid fears of kids drowning during heatwave – and how to stay safe

FAMILIES are being warned of the dangers hot tubs can pose during the heatwave as fears for drowning kids mount.

The UK faced its hottest day of the year so far yesterday, with temperatures surging to 33 degrees.

Thousands cooled off in lakes, rivers and beaches up and down the country, while those lucky enough to do so, soaked up the warm weather from their hot tubs at home.

But as the temptation to make a splash sweeps the nation, parents are being urged to keep their kids safe.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has now warned families about the dangers hot tubs can pose if tots are left unsupervised.

How to Stay Safe

Here's how you can keep your children safe when using a hot tub at home.

  • Keep kids under six away from hot tubs, swimming pools and ponds
  • Fence off water or place a cover on top so the water is not accessible to small children
  • Supervise youngsters when near the water and make sure they know not to jump in
  • Plan what you can do in emergency

David Walker, leisure safety manager with RoSPA, said: "Three minutes of submersion is enough time for a life-changing injury to happen.

"Any family with children under six that has a hot tub, swimming pool or pond should ensure the water is not accessible by curious kids.

"You can do this by completely fencing off the pool, tub, pond, or by ensuring it has a cover on top that won’t allow contact with the water if they climb on top of it.

"Supervision is important, but it's impossible to provide this for every minute of the day.

"Tiredness, distractions and other issues come into play, so it’s important to choose the right safety measures that protect your family when this happens."

It comes after a one-year-old boy died at a family home in Findon Valley, Worthing, West Sussex, earlier this week.

Despite the current heatwave, the Met Office has warned of storms to strike the UK from midday today until 9am tomorrow.

The agency has issued a yellow weather warning, saying that thunderstorms could "cause flooding and disruption in a few places.

It comes as the UK experienced its hottest day of the year so far yesterday, with the mercury rising to 33.4C (92.1F) at Heathrow Airport.

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