Most people will be aware that saunas provide an environment that is naturally supposed to be hotter and steamier than the average environment. They have been used in Scandinavian countries for centuries, and in relatively-recent times other countries have been getting in on the act as well.
While saunas are supposed to be very good for the health and for detoxifying, there is also a small risk of people suffering from sauna burn injuries. For the most part these can be avoided if the proper safety measures are taken before the sauna is used. For example, whoever owns the sauna should maintain it on a regular basis. They should have it repaired if it shows any signs of wear and tear or if it develops any problems of any kind.
How serious could sauna burn injuries be?
In some cases they are relatively minor and the injured person can and will recover without treatment. However there is the potential for more serious injuries to happen. Some people may become drowsy or light-headed in a sauna, and if they pass out and fall onto the sauna stove they can be seriously burned.
The sauna itself should also be regularly cleaned to prevent any chance of someone falling onto the stove. If the floor underfoot is slippery it could potentially lead to a greater chance of someone slipping over. If you were in the sauna on your own and knocked yourself out as a result of slipping over, you could suffer burns while you were out cold.
Keeping the chances of an accident as low as possible
Clearly, you want to make sure your experience in the sauna is a good one. The person responsible for providing the sauna for public use, whether in a gym or a spa or elsewhere, has a duty of care to make sure you are not at any risk of injury or burns at any point. Most people will have a great experience but there are occasions when things may potentially go wrong.
Has something like this happened to you? If so you might end up experiencing a burn that could leave you scarred either temporarily or permanently. If this is the situation you’re in, call 0800 689 0500 now. Accident Advice Helpline could potentially help you with a no win, no fee* claim that could result in compensation being paid.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead