A work colleague was recently severely burnt when her hot water bottle popped. We’re talking time in the specialist burns hospital, several weeks off work and the talk of skin grafts which luckily she did not need to have.
The burns doctors told her they see many serious burns from hot water bottles failing. They apparently want them banned.
If you are going to use them, the doctors’ advice is:
1. Never use boiling water from the kettle. Use tap water. Yes, it is not as hot. You have to be patient and wait for the rubber to warm and you shouldn’t be putting something that hot against your skin anyway.
2. Replace them every two years, at least. They say the Chinese made ones seem weaker and more susceptible to failure.
So on my desire to declutter, I looked at my hot water bottle.
Can I say how long I’ve had it? No.
Does it say where it is made? No.
As the standards have been updated, I can see my hot water bottle is many years old.
The British site gives safety advice for using hot water bottles. Worth reading. I like the one which recommends using them only to heat a bed, much like old bed pans.
Apparently there are extra standards for hot water bottles sold in Australia.
I think I will just follow the doctors’ advice and toss mine. I didn’t use it this very cold winter anyway.
Now off you go and check yours.