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Tips to stay safe in the sauna

A good schvitz is invigorating, so take a moment to learn how to do it the best way with these safety guidelines.

Spending time in the sauna is a relatively safe and health-promoting activity, but you still want to be cautious before stepping inside. Use these guidelines to learn how to stay safe in the sauna.

First, avoid the sauna if:

  • You have high blood pressure or heart problems. Saunas make your heart work harder than normal. Check with your doctor first.
  • You just finished exercising. After strenuous exercise, let your heart rate come down to resting levels first.
  • You recently consumed alcohol. Using the sauna afterwards could affect your heart.

If you're able to use the sauna, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Limit sessions to 15-20 minutes. Keep it even shorter if you are sensitive to heat or begin to feel uncomfortable.
  • Stay hydrated. Always hydrate beforehand, and drink two to four glasses of cool water after each session. Drink mineral water or juice to replace electrolytes lost through sweating.
  • Use the buddy system. Bring a friend or family member with you in case problems do occur.
  • Remove jewelry. Metal jewelry, including rings and small earrings, can heat up very quickly and cause skin irritation or burning.
  • Rest and cool off afterwards. Lie or sit down for at least 10 minutes, then take a cold shower to help bring your body temperature to normal levels.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.


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