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Lighting the The Hot Tub


At your lodge:

Hot tub lighting:

The Apple Bobber hot tub:

Your safety:

Instructions & Safety Instructions

Spa Safety  Please read before using The Spa area and only use the Spa area if you agree to abide to the following rules

Hot Tub Safety and Use
You must follow these user instructions. 

Before each group of guests, the hot tub is emptied, cleaned and refilled with fresh water.  

The hot tub has been preset to all the correct settings. Do not tamper with any electricals or settings on the hot tub other than instructed. Should you tamper with these & it results in the hot tub having to be drained & refilled or damaged and you will be charged.

Please Shower before entering and after using the hot tub.

This is a wood fired Hot tub, and certain parts will get very hot, please be careful when loading wood.  

The flue has a safety double liner, but never touch the flue while the wood burning stove is lit as parts will get very hot. 

Once the hot tub is fired it takes approx 2 hours to heat up. You will need to keep the fire stoked during this time for it to get it up to temperature quicker. 

As it is wood fired, there is no thermostat, so make sure you do not overheat it, if you do, wait for it to cool before entering. 

The ideal temperature is between 30 and 39 degrees C. 

Do not enter a hot tub that is over 40 degrees C. 

The hot tub contains chemicals. We may use chlorine or bromine, if you are allergic to either do not enter the hot tub. 

The flue has a protective outer grid, to protect you, but the other parts of the flue and fire box will get extremely hot. Do not touch. Use the glove provided when adding extra logs. 

Health Warnings

During pregnancy soaking in the hot tub may cause damage to the foetus, so contact your Doctor for advice before using the hot tub, to ensure it is safe for you to do so.
People with skin, ear, genital or other body infections, open sores, or wounds should not use the hot tub because of the possibility of spreading infection or irritating your condition.
The use of alcohol, drugs or medication, before or during spa use is prohibited.
Persons suffering from obesity or with a medical history or heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulation system problems or diabetes, should consult a physician before using the hot tub.
Persons using medication should consult a physician before using a spa since some medication may induce drowsiness, while other medication may affect heart rate, blood pressure & circulation.
When the temperature is at  39/40C, limit your time in the hot tub to a maximum of 20 minutes, as extending this time can affect your inner organs and cause fever like conditions.
Do not immerse your head in the hot tub water. This increases the risk of infection and can heighten the dangers of drowning due to suction below the water line.

Never use the hot tub alone. 

Take care when entering and leaving the hot tub. When leaving the hot tub leg muscles may be relaxed enough to make you unsteady. Steady yourself with the hot tub rim as you use the steps. 
Never use glass near or in the hot tub, as broken glass can cause a risk to people in bare feet and is very difficult to see within the hot tub water. 
Do not use any electrical appliances near or in the hot tub.
If any fault or damage occurs with the hot tub, please contact us at the earliest convenient moment.
Persons with heart disease, diabetes, low or high blood pressure, or any serious illness should not enter the hot tub without prior consultation with their Doctor.
Parents are advised that the hot tubs are not suitable for children under the age of seven and to warn their children not to allow water into their mouths as this can cause infection and illness.
The heat of the hot tub water speeds up the effects of alcohol and can cause sleepiness, dizziness and unconsciousness.
Shower with soap and water before entering and after using the hot tub.

Showering before use washes away many of the common skin bacteria and removes lotions, deodorants, creams, etc., These lotions etc reduce the effectiveness of the spa sanitizer which disinfects the water.
Make sure fake tan is removed before using the hot tub as this reacts to the chemicals and reduces the effectiveness of the spa sanitizer which disinfects the water. It also colours the water and marks the waterline of the hot tub. Damage will need to be paid for.
Shaving or other acts of personal hygiene are not allowed in the hot tub.
Never allow children to use the hot tub unsupervised and when not in use make sure the cover is on and secured.
Avoid using the hot tub immediately after a heavy meal.
Avoid entering the hot tub water immediately after exercising as the water temperature can affect the heart rate.
Take care on the hot tub steps as water from the tub can cause it to be slippery.
If any allergic reaction occurs leave the hot tub and rinse off in the shower. 

If the reaction persists, contact a local doctor or A&E. 

There is a list with contact details in the information pack in your accommodation.
Do not turn the hot tub isolation switch off at the electricity point, as power is needed to be turned on to carry out the cleaning cycles. 


Your safety in the piggery spa:


The sauna heater will be VERY HOT to touch. Please be very careful not to burn yourself.

Spa towels have been provided for your use during your booked session. You may take these back to your accommodation after use or leave them for us here, for us to remove.

Please use the hand gels provided when entering. 

All users should shower prior to entering the sauna.

The sauna heater will be VERY HOT to touch. Please be very careful not to burn yourself.

Do not tamper with any electricals or settings on the sauna other than as described in the user guide below. Should you tamper with these & it results in any damage you will be charged.

The Sauna should not be used for more than 15 minutes at a time, a sand timer is provided inside.

Use of the sauna may cause an increased health risk for some users.

Individuals with the following conditions should not use the sauna unless authorized by their physician:
High blood pressure or Heart disease
Respiratory problems
Stress and/or Emotional disorders
Epilepsy or seizure disorders

Individuals taking prescription medicine should consult their physician before sauna use.

No one should use the sauna while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

You should wait at least five minutes after exercising before using the sauna.

No food or drink is allowed in the sauna.

Shaving or other acts of personal hygiene are not allowed in the sauna.

No one should use the sauna alone.
Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to use a sauna.
Young people between the ages of 14 and 17 may use the sauna with adult supervision.
No one should exercise while in the sauna.

Outside Shower

Please do not use soap or other products in the outside shower, it is there to simply rinse off. The shower is set to a lovely warm temperature.


Plunge bucket

This is filled with cold water. If you have any medical condition that could impact with use, please do not use.

Your safety in by the moat/pond:

The Moat

The Pond is under constant improvement, planting and construction. This is a big ongoing project.

Please enter at your own risk. Make sure you understand the risks associated with wild swimming before entering. Please read

Do not enter with no one else present.

The pond is unmanned and unfenced.  Please take care around all edges of the pond.

The pond has variable depth as it flows in and out seasonally, the depths will change throughout th year. 

No diving or jumping in. 

Never enter the pond alone.

The central area surrounded by planting has a rubber liner,, so if you do decide to go in, please do not wear shoes that would carry stones or sharp objects into this area as it may damage the liner.

There are no steps or hand rails to get into the pond so please take care if you do make the informed decision to enter.  

Always shower immediately if you venture into the Moat

Please be fully informed and mindful of your safety and the safety of others at all times in or around The Moat

Finally, thank you for reading this and please enjoy The Spa @ The Firs Suffolk

The Piggery Spa

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