Wheat bag warning.

dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
edited 20. Feb 2014, 15:27 in Living with Arthritis archive
I'm sure that many of you out there use microwaveable wheat bags in complete safety but they can be tricky customers. An elderly lady nuked hers longer than she should, took it to bed where it continued to 'cook' setting fire to her bedding - she died. Please be wary, my lovelies, please. DD


  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Ohhh That's awful DD
    I do know that the chemist B**ts stopped doing them because of safety reasons......{this was a few years ago, don't know if they ever re started}

    Thanks for the message

  • mig
    mig Member Posts: 7,152
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks for the warning DD,it's something that could be easily done. Mig
  • DebbieT
    DebbieT Member Posts: 1,033
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh that's awful, tragic :(

    I'm very careful with mine but I'll discuss this with my O/H & kids, thanks DD.

    Xxx xxX
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Other overheated wheat-bag accidents have occurred, for example furniture smouldering and people burning their bare skin. They are a useful tool for those who appreciate heat but caution should be exercised. DD
  • Cariad71
    Cariad71 Member Posts: 99
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh my goodness I'm in love with my wheat bags :o

    I'm permanently attached to one at the moment, I have three on the go so I've always got one to heat up next! (Look a little crazy surrounded by colourful bean bags :wink: )

    I'm not sure how you know how long is too long though? I do like it pretty hot!
  • phoenixoxo
    phoenixoxo Member Posts: 625
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks for the warning, DD :)

    Best wishes,
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,257
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks DD, I have 3 of them, and I always stick to the time in the micro, but recently one of them has started to smell of burn
    Think you are suppose to sprinkle water on them now and then...
  • bubbadog
    bubbadog Member Posts: 5,544
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks for the warning DD, What a tragic accident, The makers should look in these dangers and find a way to make them much safer as they are a wonderful idea. My OH prefers the good ol' hot water bottle!!
  • dachshund
    dachshund Member Posts: 8,259
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you DD
    my one you put it in the microwave for 2 min's wrote on the label.
    thank you for saying.
    joan xx
  • nearlybionic
    nearlybionic Member Posts: 1,899
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    HI DD
    I stopped using wheat bags after my daughter`s wheat bag teddy started to catch fire in the microwave (I stuck to the manufacturers advice too!)
    I had to throw it in a bucket of water outside and had to replace my microwave as it was so smelly after!!
    I have a few different sized hot water bottles now and I have become quite a dab hand at strategically placing them under waistbands and belts to keep in place.
    Good warning!!
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,706
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    The trouble is, of course, that wheatbags are a godsend for those of us who are rubbish at screwing :oops: and / or shoving tops in. I'm actually amazed that they keep 'cooking' once out of the microwave as I find their big disadvantage over a 'hottie' is that they seem to go cold so quickly. Ah well, my microwave is next to the taps. If I'm on fire in bed it'll be a big surprise to Mr SW :wink:
  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh my gosh, what an absolute tragic accident. So sad. :( Thank you for the warning.
  • dibdab
    dibdab Member Posts: 1,498
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks for the warning DD. I had a new wheat pack as a gift at Christmas, and the instruction leaflet said to heat with a small water container to prevent it drying our- I haven't tried it yet but it might be a good idea.

    Deb x
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm unsettled: I didn't want to scaremonger but I am aware that microwaved things keep 'cooking' after removal (hence all the palaver of stirring, resting and stirring again. Why? :? ). We had a micro at the old house which provided a useful store for things and was eventually donated to charity, now we have a built-in effort at No.10. I've cleaned it (it was filthy, the previous owner was somewhat mucky) but I don't use it, don't do heat (I have fibro :wink: ) but I know that many of you need heat and don't have fibro. Just be careful, please. DD
  • phoenixoxo
    phoenixoxo Member Posts: 625
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi again, DD,

    Don't be unsettled, as it's important for us to know these things! :)

    The leaflet that came with my new wheat bag included the same advice mentioned by Deb, to heat with a small water container, so I half-fill a mug with cold water, pop it next to the bag in the microwave, and it does seem to make a difference. There's less of a burning smell, for one thing, so that must be good! I let it dry out on a piece of kitchen roll before use.

    Thanks again,

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