Sauna Safety Rules

Updated June 1, 2017 . AmFam Team

Adding a sauna to the exercise area of your business is a great idea! But it’s important you display safety rules. Here are some guidelines to get you started. 

If you’ve added a sauna to the exercise area of your business, it’s important you make a point to display some common safety rules and guidelines. Here are some typical points you should consider including – they’ll cover all the basics!

  • Children ages five and under are not permitted in the sauna.
  • Children between the ages of six and 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the sauna at all times.
  • Allow yourself at least five minutes after exercising to cool down before entering the sauna.
  • Pregnant women and persons suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, circulatory or respiratory problems, seizures or epilepsy should not enter the sauna without prior medical consultation.
  • Do not use the sauna while under the influence of any type of alcohol, drugs, anticoagulants, antihistamines, vasoconstrictor, vasodilators, stimulants, hypnotics, narcotics or tranquilizers.
  • Clean swim attire must be worn and participants are required to bring a towel to sit on when using the sauna.
  • Remove all metal jewelry prior to entering the sauna.
  • The surface of the rocks, heater and surrounding area can be extremely hot. Exercise caution.
  • Prolonged use of sauna not recommended due to fatiguing effects. Limit yourself to a maximum of 15 minutes.
  • Do not smoke, exercise, eat or drink beverages in the sauna room.
  • Leave the sauna immediately if you experience any nausea, dizziness, hot flashes, cold chills, headaches or other discomfort.
  • Drink plenty of fluids before and after leaving the sauna.
  • Use of chlorinated pool or spa water and oil on heating rocks is prohibited in a wet sauna.
  • This sauna is a dry sauna. Please do not pour water on the electric coals. (If applicable)
  • Do not use the sauna to dry clothes, swimsuits or towels or place materials near the heater or guard fence.
  • Newspapers, magazines, or other reading materials are prohibited.
  • After using the sauna, participants must shower prior to entering the pool or whirlpool.
  • If repair or assistance is needed, contact [INSERT YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION].

*Also, remember to Include Emergency procedures for patrons to signal if help is needed.

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