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Hot Tub Electrical Safety

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Hot Tub Electrical Safety

A portable hot tub is the only appliance you bring home, connect to 220 Volts, fill with water and then climb inside.

When you're sitting in water up to your neck, electricity in or even near the water is a bad thing and should be avoided.

Luckily, it's virtually impossible to get shocked in your portable hot tub if:

  1. Your hot tub is properly wired and grounded
  2. Your hot tub is protected by a working Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter
  3. You schedule a Routine Hot Tub Inspection at least once a year

Ground and electrical connections in a portable hot tub are critical for soaking safety but these connections can corrode from exposure to moisture and chemicals.

The vibration you can feel when your hot tub jet pumps are running can also cause ground and electrical connections to loosen over time leading to risk of electrical shock or even electrical fire.

Click image to watch video!

Captain Risky Hot Tub Electrical Hazard

This Budget Direct commercial was banned because the hot tub scene was considered too risky and it "portrayed a serious safety hazard in a trivial way" that put "young viewers lives at risk".

Click to watch Captain Risky's Hot Tub Temple of Risk!

If watching a television commercial about electricity in a hot tub is "too risky" imagine what real electricity in your real hot tub can do!

Hot tub electrical fire

Schedule a Routine Hot Tub Service to help prevent electric shock & electrical fires!

Like a worn out plug on an extension cord or a worn out receptacle in the wall, a loose electrical connection in your portable hot tub can become hot enough to start an electrical fire.

Fire in a portable hot tub can be difficult to extinguish once all the various plastics start to burn and all that burning plastic gives off thick clouds of noxious and highly toxic smoke.

Faulty hot tub wiring caused 2015 Valley Fire

Help prevent hot tub electrical fires and electric shock by scheduling a Routine Hot Tub Service at least once a year which includes inspecting, tightening and testing with a meter so electrical and ground connections are verified safe!

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Hot Tub Electrical Permit & Inspection

Your portable hot tub doesn't require a permit but installing the wiring that connects it to your house does require an electrical permit and an inspection.

If you installed a new circuit breaker or new wiring for your new hot tub you or your electrician were supposed to file an electrical work permit and schedule an inspection to ensure the work was done to code and to ensure your hot tub is safe.

Electrical permits ensure projects comply with the minimum standards that help safeguard life or limb, public health, property and welfare. No electrical wiring, device, appliance, or equipment shall be installed within or on any structure or premises nor shall any alteration, addition, or replacement be made in any existing wiring, device, appliance, or equipment unless an Electrical Permit has been obtained for the work, except as exempted as stated below.

https://www.sandiego.gov/development-services/permits/electrical-permit

Unfortunately, the person who wired your hot tub may not have been a licensed contractor unless you personally checked and verified their credentials.

"Unlicensed contracting is part of California's estimated annual $60 to $140 billion dollar underground economy. These individuals do not pay taxes, have insurance or bonds."

http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/Report_Unlicensed_Activity/

If your hot tub was hooked up by the delivery crew... Odds are pretty good they weren't licensed electricians or... they woldn't be moving heavy hot tubs for a living.

If your hot tub was hooked up without a permit or inspection, odds are also pretty good your hot tub is not wired to code. Some code violations are minor and technical but others can be serious and hazardous (like electricity in your hot tub water).

Electric code violations in your hot tub can mean serious shock hazards for bathers but the primary purpose of the electric code is to prevent electrical fires.

1/3/2019 Breaking News:

PG&E Says Unlicensed Electrical Work May Have Sparked Tubbs Fire Disaster

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Hot Tub Grounding & Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)

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Hot Tub Wiring:
Protection Against Physical Damage

Where subject to physical damage, conductors, raceways and cables shall be protected.

The conductors (wires) that connect electricity to your hot tub must be protected from physical damage such as cuts or scrapes to the plastic insulation that covers the metal wire core. If the insulation is damaged, the wire can be exposed which can create electrical shock hazards and electrical fire hazards.

Generallly, wire is considered protected if it's installed inside a wall, buried under ground or contained in conduit.

Some electricians assume the inside of your portable hot tub cabinet is a protected space like the inside of a wall . However, the inside of your portable hot tub cabinet is

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Hot Tub Wiring:
Cabinets, Cutout Boxes & Enclosures

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