When you use a heating pad at home for whatever health ailment that you are treating, it is important to remember some safety guidelines so that you or others don’t get hurt.
As someone who suffers from chronic pain and who uses a heating pad at home often, I thought I would share some important safety tips with you today.
1. When you purchase a new pad, it is important to read the owner’s all pads are created equal. Some brands are better than others. Do your homework before purchasing one and then read the manual before operating it.
2. If a warranty card comes with your unit, make sure you fill it out and mail it into the company. If your unit is ever recalled, this is an easy way for the company to contact you.
3. Personally, I like the heating pads that have a built-in automatic shut-off. Mine turns itself off every 2 hours. I feel this is safer to use than one that doesn’t have an automatic shut-off because if I forget to turn it off, it will turn itself off.
4. Never use it on small children, the elderly or the very sick without the permission of a Physician. Heating pads can make some conditions worse. Case in point – Never use them if you are running a fever because the heat will interfere with your temperature breaking.
5. Inspect your unit often for defects. Over time your electrical cord can fray, twist up, break off, etc. If in doubt, replace it…never do self-repairs if it is broken.
6. Keep your pad clean and germ-free. Most units come with removable washable covers. Wash your cover often to keep it clean so that germs don’t hide inside it.
7. Never fall asleep with your unit! If you risk the chance of getting burnt or it catching on fire.
8. Don’t use a heating pad near water….including on waterbeds! Water around anything electrical is a bad thing and you risk fires and electrocution, just avoid it to be safe.
If ever in doubt on how to correctly use a heating pad, ask your doctor or home nurse for is always better to be safe than sorry.