Like many people, you’ve probably considered installing a hot tub in your garden. After all, with hot tubs rapidly increasing in popularity, why should you miss out on all the fun and benefits they can bring? But, like with anything electrical you do need to make sure it is installed safely and complies with regulations to prevent accident and injury. We’ve teamed up with Edwardes to offer some safety advice and guidance.
Hot tubs are usually straightforward items to install. In fact if you already have a suitable place to locate it then it’s basically a case of plug in and go, however you do need to be aware of one or two things. If you don’t already have a suitable power supply then you’ll need to use a qualified electrician who is registered with a competent person scheme to provide you with one. They need to be part P qualified. If you do use someone without this qualification then any work carried out by them needs to be inspected and tested by your local authority before signing off.
A hot tub needs to meet other requirements in that it needs to be hard wired on it’s own fused spur back to your household consumer unit. It cannot share a supply with another appliance for safety reasons. The hot tub also needs to be protected against faults with an RCD – a Residual Current Device. Check with your supplier to make sure you get the correct size as a 40 amp hot tubs requirements will be different to that of a 32 amp model.
For lesser rated hot tubs you can use a standard domestic supply but make sure a suitable outdoor socket is used such as a Shneider RCD latched socket that has a IP66 rating when in use.