We often hear about the danger, but is it completely true?
Sometimes whenever we mention to somebody that we are in the extra long hot water bottle business there are two responses.
Firstly, what is an extra long hot water bottle? Well, as you probably know it is an ordinary hot water bottle. Only longer!
Secondly, they may say something like, "wow hot water bottles are dangerous". Yes of course this is true. They CAN be dangerous.
The potential is always there for a burn, a spill or a scald. Leave it on your skin for a few seconds too long and an itchy red mark can appear. Here at Cuddly Comforts we would never dispute that. Which is why we take safety measures so seriously.
All of our bottles come with a link to the safety guide. On our website their are links to safety guides in different languages. Our outsourced team of specialist interpreters put them together to ensure warmth and safety across the Continent.
Hot water bottles can be dangerous but so can many things
The truth is that hot water bottles of all shapes and sizes have the potential to be dangerous. However, a kitchen knife has the potential to be dangerous.
You can slice your finger just as easily as slicing a piece of nice juicy melon! But when was the last time somebody perused your new fitted kitchen and said, "I love it, but that block of knives is pretty dangerous".
Same as your brand spanking new Honda, Audi or Ferrari. The shiny coat of paint, fast accelerator speeds and alloy wheels all get the thumbs up.
But nobody looks over the car, sitting pretty on the drive, and expresses concern that you might use it to run over a neighbour.
Therefore, lots of things can be dangerous if you don't use them properly. Bleach, paint, power tools, a lawnmower. The list goes on.
Don't burn yourself with a hot water bottle
As outlined in the safety guide the key is to remain safe and diligent at all times. Old, worn out hot water bottles are bound to cause issues. Not filling them correctly can be hazardous. Always dispose and replace bottles with damage, visible wear and tear or holes.
Before snuggling up for the night, check, shake and ensure correct filling measurements are adhered to. Boiling water is potentially harmful. Nobody wants boils, burns or blisters.
You want warm feet and toasty fingers! Look forward to trips to restaurants, pubs, outdoor venues. Not a trip to accident and emergency.
As the lockdown eased many managers in the catering industry turned to the trusty hot water bottle. Along with blankets and coats they have provided warmth for people sitting outside and eating.
So, yes, extra long hot water bottles CAN BE DANGEROUS. But they don't need to be.