Check List for Sauna Operation and Safety

Note: Discourage members from entering the sauna directly from a swimming pool or hot tub. The chlorine and other chemicals will reduce the longevity of the sauna wood as well as lead to its discoloration.

Daily: Enter the sauna each morning or evening (when sauna cools down), as appropriate, to conduct an operations and safety inspection. If conditions do not meet your requirements or standards, then make immediate changes to ensure availability of a clean and safe environment for your members.

Daily: Inspect bench and floor surfaces. Check for broken or loose slats and fasteners, splinters, rough spots. Repair immediately as these can injure the users.

Daily: Inspect wood slats. Wood slats may pull apart with time. A certain amount of expansion/contraction is normal, but they should not expose gaps in the walls.

Daily: Inspect the heater and controls. Check for broken rocks, loose knobs, properly operating thermostat and high limit cut-off switch and timer.

Daily: Inspect the heater's safety guard fence. Maintain the heater's safety guard fence in good and sturdy condition. Repair according to the installation instructions.

Annually: Retain a licensed and insured electrician to check for electrical shorts, loose or frayed wires, burnt out heating elements, properly functioning high limit switch or thermostat, etc. Am-Finn’s Sauna heaters are stainless steel and carry a 10-year warranty on the shell. We expect the heater to function well past 10 years. Usage and maintenance are the biggest factors in longevity.

If your members enjoy a high or constant usage, then the frequency of periodic inspection will increase. Commercial saunas that are subject to high usage should be replaced or completely refurbished every 10-15 years. A sound maintenance program and periodic replacement of benches and flooring can lengthen this interval.