Cabin fever

The increased risk of electrical shock associated with sauna cabins means that they are treated as special locations. Graham Wretham looks into the rules and regulations governing their installation.
Rooms and cabins containing sauna heaters are considered as a ‘special location’ within the IET Wiring Regulations, BS 7671 because of the increased electric shock risk associated with, amongst other things, extreme high temperatures with high humidity, lack of clothing and reduced skin resistance. Clothing, particularly shoes, can greatly increase the total body resistance of an individual and therefore reduce the risk of electric shock.
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