While we’re always glad when our instruments are working properly and giving us the information we need, sometimes this occurs only when we’re lucky enough to see our thermometer at a certain temperature. Sometimes we have to wait for our thermometer to reach this level of precision before we can take any action, which is never fun. This article is going to go over how to calibrate a thermometer so you can get the most accurate temperature read possible from it, every time.
Check The Zero Theory
The zero theory states that a thermometer will read 0 degrees when it’s been exposed to the cold temperatures, like sub-freezing or refrigerated environments. Since human skin is more sensitive to cold than anything else, it’s important to remember that your skin is what you’re really feeling when you get a chill.
It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health and the health of your family, which is why you need to make sure that your thermometer is calibrated before you use it in any way. Make sure you have the room temperature well-below freezing, which will make sure that all areas of your skin are adequately cauterized. This will help prevent the spread of any disease that could be carried by the cold wind. For added safety, you can wear gloves while performing this task.
Clean It Properly
If you don’t have the time or resources to properly clean a thermometer afterwards (which, let’s be honest, nobody does), then there’s no point in buying one in the first place. A lot of people think that just because a thermometer is disposable that it doesn’t need to be cleaned as thoroughly as other medical instruments, which can lead to dangerous illnesses if not cleaned properly afterwards.
Luckily for you, your humble narrator is going to tell you exactly how to clean a thermometer so you can do it properly and avoid any risks. First off, it is extremely important to boil the entire instrument in water for about ten minutes.
After this time elapses, you can remove it from the water and clean it with a little soap and water. It is also advisable to dry the instrument thoroughly after cleaning it, as water has a tendency to turn back into ice when exposed to air. Exposing ice to air will result in the conversion of ice back into water vapor, which could prove to be potentially harmful to your health should it enter your body through your lungs.
If you find this process too tedious and wish to avoid the risks of using unclean equipment, then it’s best to just buy a new one.
The next step is to calibrate the thermometer. This entails putting actual measurement marks on the outer shell of the instrument so it can be easily identified when it’s time to take a reading. If you’re not familiar with the term, calibration is the process of making measurements or tests to determine the exact functionality of an instrument or device.
To carry out this process, you will need to remove the cap from the top of the thermometer and look for a needle that’s sticking out of it. This is the zero setting needle, and when it’s in the zero position, the accuracy of your instrument is verified. When you’re happy with the calibration, replace the needle on the top of the thermometer and tighten the cap back on, hiding the needle completely. After doing this, you’re good to go.
This process ensures that your instrument is working properly and will give you an accurate reading every time you take a measurement. This is why you should always calibrate your thermometers before using them, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not they’re accurate when you need them most.
Make sure to store your thermometers in a clean and dry place, and if you experience any issues with them not working properly, then try to find a serviceable replacement as soon as possible. With any luck, this article will help save you from some of the hassles that come with using faulty medical equipment, and help you get the most accurate readings possible from your thermometers.