National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Thermometer – Infrared, Digital, Non-Contact

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Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria

  1. Bring thermometer to room temperature before proceeding with refurbishment. Allow 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Inspect for obvious damage to plastic casing or sensor. If any, dispose of properly following local disposal guidelines.
  3. Press the power button and ensure thermometer turns on. If it fails to power up, replace batteries, and try again. If still not working, dispose of thermometer.
  4. Following manufacturers instructions, test thermometer by taking temperature of skin. If not reading correctly, or displaying error message, refer to manufacturer for calibration procedures if any. If unable to properly display temperature, dispose of thermometer.

Refurbishing Procedures

A. Cleaning

  1. Wipe outside of thermometer with disinfectant wipes or medical alcohol and a soft cotton swap or cloth and allow to air dry. If any stains, smudges, or writing can not be removed gently, then dispose of thermometer.
  2. Take extra precaution when cleaning the sensor area of the thermometer. Even minor scratches or cleaner residue can affect the accuracy.

B. Repair

  1. Follow manufacturers recommendations to calibrate thermometer. Many thermometers can not be calibrated and must be removed from service.

C. Testing for Performance

  • Test thermometer by measuring skin temperature. Follow manufacturer recommendations for acceptable temperature variations.

D. Repackaging

  • Must be placed in sealed plastic bag and have manufacturer-specific instructions included. There are many different brands and models available, and they are not all interchangeable.
  • Do not store with batteries in thermometer unless battery is integrated into thermometer by manufacturer and cannot be removed.
  • Carton and count is cache optional.
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