How to Use An Infrared Thermometer

How to Use An Infrared Thermometer

These “no-touch” thermometers are convenient, reliable, and accurate…WHEN used properly. If you’ve never used an infrared thermometer, chances are you aren’t familiar with how they work or how to get precise results.

  • Extreme surrounding temperatures can affect your reading, so store and use the thermometer in an airconditioned room that is not too cold.
  • Check temperatures in a draft-free area and out of direct sunlight.
  • Wait several minutes after coming in from the heat or cold, or if you have been exercising
  • Move hair or clothing away from your forehead…and wipe away any sweat or dirt.
  • In general, aim the thermometer about 2 inches straight out from the middle of the forehead.
  • Consider 100.4°F (38°C) or higher a fever in most cases.
  • If you’re not sure a reading is accurate, recheck it once or twice.
  • Ensure the thermometer is being used on the correct site (forehead, wrist, etc) per labelling.
  • Avoid touching the sensor. Most need minimal cleaning with alcohol, but some should only be wiped with a soft cloth.
  • Ignore the myth that these thermometers emit radiation. They measure infrared energy coming off the body.