Safely soothe away your aches

A heat pack, also known as a wheat bag, is a wonderful way to soothe aches and pains or provide comfort. See the guidelines below to help you enjoy all the benefits of the packs safely and comfortably.

Follow the instructions

Always carefully follow the instructions that come with your wheat bag to ensure you heat it correctly and get the best results. Remember, it’s important not to heat your wheat bag for longer than instructed as it could cause discomfort and burns.

Most bags usually contain buckwheat, which is what gives them their thermal properties. However, not all wheat bags are the same and the heating times will vary between different products.  

Be careful not to overheat

As with heating anything, there can be a risk of fire, which is why it’s a good idea to avoid overheating a wheat bag and to stay by the microwave as you’re heating it.

If yours is starting to smell like burnt popcorn, it’s usually a sign that the grains have become dehydrated and burnt. Not only does this increase the risk of fire, it also means your bag will have lost some of its heating properties. If this occurs then the safest option is to buy a new one.

Check for damage and signs of overuse

Another sign that it might be time to get a new wheat bag is fabric scorching marks, which can also indicate the material is worn out and may become more combustible.

Be wary of homemade items

Homemade wheat bags might seem like an affordable alternative but they aren’t advisable as it’s very difficult to calculate safe heating times. Where possible, always check for the official safety approval.


View the Wheat filled heat pack fact sheet here