Wheat bag warning
Do you use wheat bags?
If yes, read on, its very important.
We use them all through winter to keep toes warm in bed.
If you do, there are a few things you need to know.
In New South Wales alone there have been 31 fires as a result of wheat bags (news article) - injuring 11 people and killing one elderly woman.
In the UK, the number of fires caused by wheat bags have jumped 500% in 2010 compared in 2009 (source).
Both store bought and homemade bags are a risk it your wheat bag is:
- over heated in the microwave.
- placed in beds and under blankets when they are very hot (they can smoulder without you being aware of it). (see video link at bottom).
- heated without adding a mug of water when heating the bag which results in the wheat or barley drying out.
- old and worn are a risk - replace the bags often.
- made form fabric that is not fire retardant.
Its very important to read the instructions and ONLY heat as per the instructions. I know it is commonsense but it appears that people are heating them far longer.
If you make or buy homemade wheat bags - BEWARE of those containing scented oils as they can add additional fuel creating a greater risk.
I would suggest for all those that use wheat bags - watch the youtube clip in this news link: http://www.ripplesnetwork.co.uk/wheat-bag-danger/