The Electrial Safety Authority
(ESA) Warns of Unapproved Infrared Saunas
June 1st, 2006
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is notifying
the public about electrical safety issues associated
with non-certified Infrared Saunas sold at various
retail outlets across Ontario.
These Saunas have not been tested by a recognized
certification or field evaluation agency and do
not bear a certification or field evaluation mark.
The ESA has received a report of a heater running
very hot and smoking in one of these devices.
Our investigation identified potential electric
shock and fire hazards associated with the use
of these saunas, and they include:
• A lack of temperature limit control means
combined with highly flammable wood material used
in the construction
• Open wiring and open wiring connections
behind the sauna walls
• The use of an unapproved electrical heater
• The temperature rating of the heater element
and the heater element guard exceeding standard
• The lack of a suitable non-metallic guard
or fence to restrict physical contact with the
heater or heater element guard if the temperature
exceeds standard requirements
The Electrical Safety Authority strongly advises
against purchasing one of these unapproved saunas,
and to stop using it and unplug it immediately
if one has already been purchased.
For information or for clarification about recognized
certification and field evaluation marks, visit: