There are risks associated with overexposure to ultraviolet light from tanning beds and booths as there are with overexposure to sunlight. Tanning facility staff will advise you about the maximum exposure time for the particular device you will use, the operation of emergency shutoff controls, the requirement for protective eyewear, and the location of personal hygiene facilities. Tanning bed surfaces and protective eyewear must be sanitized between uses.
There are currently more than 1,600 tanning facilities with over 7,100 tanning devices that are licensed by Florida county health departments. County Health Departments inspect tanning facilities twice per year to verify their safe and sanitary operation. In addition, the department developed two brochures to better educate the public, one on indoor tanning facts and one for teen tanners. You may download the indoor tanning facts brochure as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file. The indoor tanning facts brochure and the teen tanners brochure are available in a printed version from the contact listed below.