Electric heating pads..Safe or unsafe?

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If it’s an injury, I do the same time as ice.  20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.  Alternate as needed.  Never lay on it.  Also, if it’s an old heating pad that doesn’t have an auto-shutoff, or if it’s showing wear, toss it.  $25 isn’t worth the fire hazard.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve always been told 20 mins on, 20 mins off.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

When I have cramps I will often use mine fairly constantly at home. It has an automatic off switch though after some amount of time, so I let it cool off and then turn it back on. As long as you have an automatic switch its fine.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

My parents had one for our cat. She had a favorite chair she would lay on and that heating pad was ALWAYS on. They just kept it on the lowest setting and she would sleep away most of the day there. It was fine.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Pinkmoon:  Becareful, we had a fire in our house because of a cat heating pad. It was a little different, in that it was a plastic disk you put into the microwave. But the foam in the chair cushion, after months (years?) being slightly warm, one day just started to smolder. My parents could smell a chemical burning scent, but couldnt find it (no visible smoke). The smoke alarms went off and the neighbors called the fire department. They came and also had a hard time finding the source. Next thing my parents knew, the chair was being carried out of the house and the cushion was charred (which they didnt see because of the heating element and towel over it).

 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I once owned an electric matress pad, and I LOVED it! It broke within the year, though…

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My snake has a heating pad under his tank. I’ve learned to have it sit on top of some towels or pot holders so it won’t burn or melt the surface it’s on. I had it on carpet at my old apartment, changed the color from a cream-tan to neon green. Very strange. Now it’s on top of a fold out table, but on top of the towels. It’s on all the time.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We use them a lot for my FI’s joint conditions, he’ll heat his knees and shoulders for hours at a go, no problems.  Just don’t put them on bare skin, and don’t lay on them if they aren’t a mattress pad.  They’re best with an auto shut-off, but we’ve never had any issues and we’ve used them for years.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Hope_To_Be_MrsLovebug:  a majority of the benefits of heat can be achieved by twenty to twenty five minutes at a maximum. Anything longer has the potential to burrn the skin. As far as heating pads go, they are extremely dangerous as a burn and fire hazard. If you must use, place over the area, never put weight on the heating pad as it will damage the wires, causing hot spots. Never sleep with one as you may not notice a burn until too late. In practice, I’ve seen more damage caused by heating pads than the initial injury. 

 

The most beneficial heat modalities involve a moist heat.

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