Posts Tagged ‘heat’

Hot tub or whirlpool anyone?

January 6, 2010

Holy moley, I read an article in prevention and I need to share it. A study done by Texas A&M University found more than 9 out of 10 water samples contained fecal bacteria. Researchers took water samples from private homes, public hotels, and pools around the country. EVERY SINGLE SAMPLE was found to contain fungi – 34% contained dangerous staph bacteria (my husband almost died from a staph infection in 2003). Also 95 % contained FECAL BACTERIA. Kind of like bathing in your toilet. Yuk.

I wondered why so nasty. The studies said whirlpools and hot tubs are full of these nasty germs because of the pipes. Water gets trapped in interior pipes for long periods of time and the pipes aren’t filtered or treated so bacteria and fungi breed. Then….you turn on the jets and the nasty bugs are blown into the tub where you are soaking.

If you want to clean yours and keep it germ free you need vinegar. I am not sure of the proportions, but vinegar is really a great product from helping sore throats to keeping our privates and our faces germ free. I found this explanation on doing it on a great little website:

Step 1:
Get a clean spray bottle. Once the bottle has been washed and rinsed out, pour a solution of 1/2 litre of white vinegar and 1/2 litre of water into the spray bottle.

Step 2:
Spray the solution liberally over the hot tub and wait for a few minutes. The acid solution will dissolve any hard water stains and limescale that have built up over time.

Step 3:
Spray more solution if the stains are stubborn. If required, spray more solution and wait for a few more minutes.

Step 4:
Use baking soda and vinegar. If extra cleaning is required, make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda and scrub gently with a soft brush or sponge. It’s a good idea not to use an abrasive cleaner like scouring pads, powders or steel wool as this will scratch the surface of the hot tub.

Step 5:
Simply wipe away the solution. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue from the bath tub to reveal a “good-as-new” look and ready for another use!

Be safe. I have always heard it is important to wear a tampax if you are in a strange hot tub or swiming in a public pool or ocean. That might be difficult if you are in a private hot tub with your hottie!


June 27, 2009

Did you know more people die from heat related problems than hurricanes and tornadoes and any other “weather event” each year?

My husband just brought home some current information from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). I would like to share it with you.

“When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, several heat-induced illnesses such as heat stress or heat exhaustion an the more severe heat stroke can occur, and can result in death.

High temperature and humidity; direct sun or heat; limited air movement; physical exertion; poor physical condition; some medicines; and inadequate tolerance for hot workplaces are all factors leading to heat stress.

If you find yourself with any of these symptoms, you probably are experiencing heat exhaustion. Headaches, dizziness lightheadedness or fainting, mood changes such as irritability or confusion, upset stomach or vomiting, or weakness and moist skin.

The symptoms of heat stroke are dry, hot skin with now sweating, mental confusion or losing consciousness, seizures or fits.

There are ways to prevent heat stress. First it is important to recognize symptoms of heat-related illnesses; monitor yourself and coworkers. Block out direct sun or heat sources: Wear long sleeves, a hat, lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothes. Wear a hat. Take an umbrella with you. Drink lots of water; about 1 cup every 15 minutes. (Be careful about gulping too much ice water at one time when you are overheated. It can be very bad for the body!) Use cooling fans, air-conditioning, hand fans, even a paper fan is better than nothing.

Avoid alcohol (it dries you up) caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals.

If you feel you or someone with you has a heat related problem, call 911 immediately (or whatever your local emergency number is). While waiting for help move whomever is suffering to any shaded or cool area. Loosen or remove heavy clothing. Provide drinking water that is cool. Fan and mist the person with water if possible.

Also, remember the elderly at these times, and the children! If you know someone that may be in harm’s way – help them. Please consider your pets during these intense heat spells. They can die too!

Lastly, SUNSCREEN REGULARLY. You may think tanning is beautiful but it can be deadly for humans of all ages! Tanning WILL probably cause skin cancer, which can be deadly. For vanity – it will also make your skin like leather and wrinkly! So be smart
with you and your family. Even the littlest of children need sunscreen. I would rather have them fuss about putting it on than see them have skin cancer.

Don’t forget HEAT CAN – AND DOES KILL!