How to Prevent Heat Pack Burns

Heating pack used to provide relieve discomfort caused by muscle and joint pain. However they may result in burn injuries when used inappropriately. 

  • Do take the pack out and check the temperature before heating further. Heat packs should always be warmed and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and never overheated.
  • Do not apply the heat pack directly onto the skin. Cover with a towel or blanket to prevent contact burns
  • Do not sleep with a heat pack as sustained contact may cause severe burns
  • Do not use on skin which doesn’t have normal feeling. Keep in mind that children and elderly people’s thin skin may not tolerate heat well and can burn more easily.
  • Be aware that steam may come out of a warm heat pack: be careful when lifting heat packs from the microwave after heating.

If you, or someone you know is burnt, take the following actions:

  1. Remove clothing and jewellery
  2. Apply cool running water to the burn for at least 20 minutes
  3. Cover burn with clean cloth and keep the patient warm Do NOT use ice, butter, creams, etc
  4. Seek medical attention for any burn bigger than 20c piece size, or with blisters, or if any other concerns are present

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