December 21, 2015 08:25
As the winter cold arrives, fans and air conditioners are being packed away, and humidifiers and electric blankets are brought out of storage.
A humidifier regulates a home's indoor humidity level in the dry winter months, emitting mist generated either by boiling or applying ultrasound to water. As mist released by a humidifier comes in direct contact with our skin and respiratory system, the most important thing to keep in mind is hygiene.
The water tank, filter and water in a humidifier should always be kept clean to prevent bacteria from spreading by air. The tank should be cleaned daily using baking soda or vinegar, and dried in sunlight. Clean the filter once every other day and dry in sunlight. Be sure to replace the filter when it reaches the end of its lifespan.
Use of heating appliances increases in winter. Electric blankets, hot water mattresses, hot packs and hot water bottles are all useful for keeping warm. However, it is important to be aware of the risk of low-temperature burns, which can result from sustained contact with a surface at between 40 and 70 degrees Celsius. Electric blankets and hot water mattresses are often used for prolonged periods, and hot packs and hot water bottles usually come in contact with bare skin.
A simple measure can prevent low-temperature burns: Place of blanket or mattress on top of the electric blanket or hot water mattress to prevent direct contact with the skin.
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