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Heat Wraps can be overheated and cause damage

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Debris from a neck warmer found in a microwave that was left unattended.

Microwavable heating pads or heat wraps are becoming increasingly popular due to the comfort they provide when suffering a migraine or headache, neck or shoulder pain, muscle spasms or cramps, backaches, and other aches and pains.

A home owner left his heat wrap in the microwave much longer that the instructions said to. He returned to the home to find smoke and odor throughout the entire house. Fortunately no fire was reported.

It is important that you read and follow the heating instructions and keep these instructions for reference. Instructions will specify how long bags should be heated and should be strictly followed.

“A product that absorbs and stores heat in this way is a potential fire risk if not used properly. For this reason, it is vital to follow manufacturers’ instructions to avoid possible injury.

Other warnings you may find in your instructions:

  • Do not leave the heat wrap unattended when microwaving.
  • When reheating, reduce the microwaving time to prevent burn.

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