A while ago an Australian woman died when a wheat bag placed in her bed started a fire. This has generated a wealth of media coverage. Fire Services investigated the fire cause and the wheat bags risks and warned people to be careful when using these devices. Choice, a consumer advocacy group in Australia, did a couple of extreme tests in order to highlight the dangers wheat bags can pose when misused.
The wheat bags have been used for many years as an inexpensive, convenient and reusable heat treatment for sore muscles, aches and pains and also as a winter warmer.
The wheat bags can be heated in the microwave oven between 1 to 3 minutes depending on the microwave wattage and size of wheat bag. You usually find the instructions in the manufacturer's package.
However, wheat retains heat for a long time and the bags can be dangerous if used incorrectly.
If a wheat bag is over-heated the likelihood of ignition is enhanced if the wheat bag is insulated with blankets or a quilt when being used to warm a bed.
In addition, burns to the skin may occur with an over-heated wheat bag especially if it is being used on a baby, young child or an elderly person as they have a high level of skin sensitivity.
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