Check your hot water bottles!

This is interesting. I bought mine before the Ark sailed.
Learning something new every day…

Check your hot water bottles for when they were made!
I didn’t know this until I saw a clip off This Morning - I know we’re all using these more because of the heat prices so I thought I’d share.
All hot water bottles should have this flower symbol on them. The number in the middle is the year it was made, the flower segments represent the 12 months of the year and the dots inside those represent the number of weeks.
So this one was made the 1st week in June 2019. You’re only meant to keep them MAX 3 years and then replace as they aren’t safe anymore (looks like I need to get a new one - I thought this was fine too) if your hot water bottle doesn’t have this symbol - get rid asap as it means it’s that old!
A lady had shared with This Morning her daughters 3rd degree burns because hers was out of date and split whilst she had it on her belly.


Are you sure this isn’t just another marketing ploy, to induce yet more panic buying?
Sell by dates provide companies with a great way to boost sales but at the same time unfortunately increase the amount of garbage we produce, but lets not worry about that.
The title of this thread should be ‘Sell more hot water bottles!’ (and disregard the environment).
Don’t panic Mr. Mannering!

:sob: That was my hot water bottle !! :sob:

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Morning @HHilary. Never put boiling water straight into a hot water bottle. Always put some cold in first or into the kettle. Sure it doesn’t get as hot or stay hot as long but there is always a risk of a leak from the bottle or stopper. Julia x


I saw this on this morning and the phone in about the young girl with burns. @HHilary

I never knew there was a sell by date. But if your careful and do as @JuliaH said and put a cover on I think hot water bottles can last longer @Bobbi


I probably should check my hot water bottles as they are old and I may get a new one but in general I’ll just be careful with them. My 91 year old mother has a new project at her knit and sew group - a cover for hers

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I believe it is genuine safety advice rather than being a sales gimmick. Rubber is a perishable substance and is like tyres which have to be changed before they perish and cause serious accidents. I certainly would not like to be burnt by hot water escaping from a cracked hot water bottle.


As the name says, it’s a ‘hot’ water bottle, don’t fill with boiling water as care must be taken to prevent scalds and yes they do wear out and perish, so need to be replaced. If you use one, please take care, here’s some tips.

Hot Water Bottle Safety tips

  • Fill the bottle with hot, but not boiling water
  • Make sure the stopper is securely screwed on
  • Fill the bottle to a maximum of three-quarters full
  • Wrap the bottle in a towel/use a cover to prevent direct contact with skin
  • Avoid taking the bottle to bed
  • Frequently examine the bottle for signs of wear and tear
  • Make sure it has been tested to BS1970:2006 standards
  • Expel all air above the water level before sealing carefully, to prevent injury from the escaping hot steam
  • Replace the bottle after two years
  • Special care should be taken when used by those with sensory deficits, the elderly and children

My grandparents had a stoneware hot water bottle they used to put in the bed to warm it up, definitely not something you could cuddle up to :joy:


@sosgez ouch that sounds painful, pleased to hear you’ve replaced your old kettle, so no scalding now👍

The microwaveable alternatives are handy to have.


Thanks for all the comments. I have invested in 2 new hot water bottles now. I had a proper look at the date on mine. 07 and 15. They are both more than a bit old.


Totally agree Bobbi…. I can’t remember how many years we have had ours but was before they came up with the idea of having fluffy covers on them. But also old enough to know that rubber perishes so keep an eye on it and never ever fill with boiling water. Ohh and test it before every winter. What a nannying society we have become ….

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I also had a stone hot water bottle when I was a child many many years ago …. It’s just sad that there are so many ignorant folks out there who need a list of dos and donts for hot water bottles, and re/newing every 2 years is an outright marketing ploy

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Well my “old days” go back much further than yours , when we mostly used common sense. Too much fuss made these days some folk don’t know how to boil an egg and I actually saw a cook explain the best way to do it :woman_facepalming:t3::woman_facepalming:t3::woman_facepalming:t3:


Three cheers for Common Sense ! (I better be careful that could perhaps be classed as Hate Speech).

As long as the Ministry of Love keeps supplying lethal weapons to folk who disagree we will continue upon the forecasted path, as expected.

In the end there will be no losers, no winners either, just no-one at all, the goal achieved, total peace or should that be pieces?

Keep on keepin’ on,
:smiley: :+1:

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@Ismeval I agree, if treated appropriately, you would think a hot water bottle should last more than 2 years, :smile: but it’s best to check regularly as we don’t want any nasty scalding accidents

We are going to need our hot water bottles over the next few days. The weather forecast shows temperatures are going down to December levels! We have been spoiled with a very mild November.

Time for testing! :cold_face:

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I made the manufacturer rich today! A ginormous £13.98 I gave him. I bought 2 new hot water bottles with fleecy covers!
I know what you are going to say @Bobbi, Bah Humbug!! But you will be glad of them when the proper winter sets in and our electric goes off after I have filled them up with not so hot boiling water.