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Is an infrared thermometer safe?

Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020

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Infrared (IR) thermometers are not harmful to kids as long as you don't let your them play with it, they are not toys. IR thermometers do no emit radiation, only measuring it like a digital camera. Like all portable electronic equipment, they use batteries en these can be harmful when swallowed.

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Accordingly, can you use infrared thermometer on humans?

Whereas a infrared units can measure -40 F to over several hundred F. And of course, the skin temperature varies by quite a bit from internal temperature. If you require an accurate measurement of human body temperature, then a general purpose infrared thermometer would not be suitable for the task.

Also, do Infrared Thermometers emit radiation? As they move, the molecules emit infrared radiation--a type of electromagnetic radiation below the visible spectrum of light. As they get hotter, they emit more infrared, and even start to emit visible light. Infrared thermometers detect and measure this radiation.

Additionally, is infrared thermometer accurate?

An IR thermometer is not very accurate, but it is repeatable when used to measure things with the same emissivity, like molten copper in a foundry.

Are infrared thermometers safe for newborns?

Infrared Thermometers Good for Use on Newborns. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Taking a newborn's temperature with an infrared thermometer placed under the arm is just as reliable as taking a rectal temperature, new research suggests. "But underarm readings from infrared thermometers can be just as precise and safe and even quicker

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What does distance to spot ratio mean?

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Is 99.4 under the arm a fever?

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Is 99 a fever?

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