Can I Store My AED Outside?
Warming temperatures call for hot questions about whether the heat is safe for your lifesaving device
In the heat of the summer, our concerns about the performance of life-saving devices like automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may have us wondering if keeping an AED stored outside is safe. Whether in an outdoor shed or the trunk of your car, just as extreme cold can affect an AED’s functionality, so can excessive heat. Here’s why!
What temperature should I store my AED?
Be sure to store your device in temperatures that don’t exceed the standard limit to ensure the longevity of your AED’s pads and batteries. Keeping your AED between 32o to 122oF (0o to 50o C) is common for most units, but checking your AED’s operator manual to verify is recommended. Finding a cool and shaded indoor space can make for an ideal storage solution to keep your AED at the recommended temperature.
What effects can heat have on AED electrode pads and batteries?
Electrode pads and batteries are necessary accessories that help keep your AED functioning correctly. The electrode pads deliver the shock from the defibrillator while the batteries power your device. When exposed to extremely high temperatures, the adhesive on the pads can evaporate or dry up, reducing their effectiveness and preventing them from adhering correctly to the victim’s chest. In addition, the heat can shorten the life of your AED batteries by draining their power more quickly.
Storing pads and batteries at temperatures the manufacturer recommends is vital to limit quicker expirations. However, if you know your AED will be exposed to heat, we recommend keeping spare AED batteries and electrode pads as an added precaution in the event there is an emergency.
Recommendations for Outdoor AEDs
If you work in an industry that can’t avoid keeping your AED from being stored outdoors, such as a swimming pool, park or recreational area, or even a construction site, try following these tips on what you can do to prevent your device from additional harm:
1. Purchase an AED best for outdoor use: Not only do you need to protect your device from heat, but if you know your AED will be outdoors, you must choose one that can withstand harsh conditions and still function properly. Check out the Defibtech Lifeline, the Philips HeartStart FRx, and the HeartSine samaritan AEDs. These lightweight, durable devices can be easily transported and have a high ingress protection rating which measures the AEDs resistance to damage from dust, dirt, and moisture. View our AED Buyer’s Guide to learn about these devices’ many different features and benefits.
2. Provide proper storage: Investing in an AED cabinet can provide additional coverage and protection and may help shade your device. If you are looking for a place to store your AED machine, try choosing an area with the maximum shade possible throughout the day to limit direct sunlight on your device.
3. Perform regular maintenance checks: If your device is consistently exposed to outside environments, it’s crucial to check your unit for readiness. Chirping sounds and light notifications may indicate your unit needs inspecting. By conducting regular checks and keeping spare batteries and pads on hand, you can ensure your device is functioning correctly and getting the service it needs when necessary. Investing in an AED management program can help you stay current with regular checks and expiration reminders.
While the scorching summer heat may pose challenges for keeping your AED outdoors, taking the proper precautions can ensure its optimal functionality when a life depends on it. Please contact us at AEDSuperstore with any questions or services you may need.