You can add a custom design to a lot of things – pens, water bottles, t-shirts, and even dog treats. During a crazy time like the COVID-19 pandemic, you can even add your design to medical supplies like face masks and thermometers!

It may seem odd, but custom thermometers are a great way to advertise, especially if you work in healthcare. Do you need some design tips and tricks to get started? Check out some of the helpful suggestions below!

Why Do You Need Thermometers?

A thermometer is one of those things everyone should have, but it’s particularly well-suited to certain places. As the pandemic is still underway, the following should always have a thermometer readily available:

Hospitals

The E.R. can get pretty busy, which is why every nurse should be equipped with a thermometer. They can use it to check vital signs before the doctor even comes into the room.

Doctor’s Offices

Your patients might not have a thermometer they can use at home. Consider giving out a new one in a care bag, kind of like how the dentist sends people home with toothbrushes and floss.

Pharmacies

Keep thermometers in stock at your pharmacy at all times, especially during flu season. You’ll want to make sure customers can always rely on your drugstore to have what they need.

Schools & Daycares

Kids are still working on building up their immune systems, which means they are prone to fevers. Your school, daycare, or babysitting facility should have a working thermometer around at all times.

First Aid Tents/Areas

Whether it’s a ski hill, music festival, or public pool, you’ll often see a first aid tent or area at many outdoor facilities. The professionals inside should always have a thermometer in case someone feels sick.

Nursing Homes

It’s tough for an elderly person to bounce back from an illness. Try to catch any issues ahead of time by taking temperatures daily with a well-designed thermometer.

Community Centers

You’ve got a lot of people coming in and out of your doors every day. That means the germ pool is swimming with bacteria! Keep a thermometer on hand behind your reception desk, just in case of emergencies.

Shelters

Do you manage a nonprofit shelter? If you don’t already, consider taking the temperature of new entrants. You can keep them separate from everyone else if they have a higher temperature.

Campgrounds

A lot of people share space in the tents or cabins, whether you’re running a bootcamp or summer camp. Keep everyone safe by making sure you have a thermometer in your first aid area.

Sports Leagues

Before they go on the field or court, take a moment to take each athlete’s temperature. They shouldn’t participate in the game or practice if they have a fever or even a high temperature.

Thermometers are more important now than ever before. Many businesses and community organizations are requiring that temperatures be taken before people are allowed to work or participate in an activity.

With that in mind, it’s a great time to order thermometers in bulk. You’ll want to have as many on hand as possible.

Tips for Customizing Your Thermometers

A thermometer is a simple item, but it can be more special if you print a design on the front, like your hospital’s logo or the name of your center.

Here are the best tips for customizing thermometers:

  1. Choose the right style.
  2. Decide between full color printing and screen printing.
  3. Pick where you’d like the design printed.
  4. Keep your design simple.
  5. Pair your thermometers with other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Tip #1: Choose the Right Style

You have a lot of choices when it comes to the type of thermometer you’re customizing. Here are some of your options:

  • Stick thermometer
  • Temporal artery thermometer
  • Forehead strip

Stick Thermometer

A simple stick is one of the most common styles. You can take your temperature under your tongue, in your armpit, in your ear, or the least favored, in your rectum.

Temporal Artery Thermometer

Also known as infrared, a temporal artery thermometer reads your temperature by being scanned across the forehead. It’s pretty easy to use, which makes it a good choice for children or if you need to take a temperature quickly.

Forehead Strip

Have you ever seen a color-changing pencil? Forehead strips work the same way, changing color with the help of the leuco dyes built inside. You might not get as accurate of a reading, but these strips give you a good idea of whether or not you have a fever.

Some of these thermometers are plastic, while others are made from durable stainless steel. Your choice of thermometer is totally up to you! Think about why you need them and whose temperature you’ll be taking.

Tip #2: Decide Between Full Color Printing and Screen Printing

Do you want a ton of colors in your design, or do you want to use only one ink? That answer will help you decide whether or not you go with full color or screen printing.

  • Full Color Printing

    This is full color printing. Every color in the printed design is included at no extra charge.

  • Screen Printing

    This is screen printing. You typically only get one color included in the price for free. You’ll then pay for every additional ink.

Full color printing is typically more expensive initially, but it’s worth it if you want a super colorful design. Screen printing is the more budget-friendly option, but your design will be only one color. You can also totally forgo the design and simply order blank thermometers instead!

Tip #3: Pick Where You’d Like the Design Printed

You have a couple of options of where you print your design. It can be on either of the following:

Case

Notice how the “ardor women’s center” logo is printed on the case. This is a classy way to bring attention to their center without having to change the look of the thermometer itself.

Thermometer

Now take a look at the infrared thermometer pictured here. The text “hello health” curves around the bottom. It’s then packaged in both a case and a box.

The imprint area is set in stone by the manufacturer, so keep that in mind when choosing your thermometers. Your design is going to be printed in only that exact area.

Tip #4: Keep Your Design Simple

Your creative mind is probably whirling with all the ways you can customize your thermometers. Still, you shouldn’t go overboard. A simple design is the way to go!


Try any of the following ideas:

Small Image

Print your company logo or a small clipart image.


Text Only

Choose your favorite font and keep your message to 10 characters or less.


Image and Text

Put your image and text side by side. In this case, your text should be 8 characters max.

Thermometers are small, so overly detailed designs or long messages may get lost. It’s best to keep it simple.

Tip #5: Pair Your Thermometers With Other PPE Products

Are you giving out gifts to essential workers? Maybe you’re donating items to organizations that need them like non-profits or shelters. If that’s the case, consider pairing your thermometers with other personal protective equipment (PPE).


Here are some suggestions:

Face Masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly suggests wearing a face mask while you’re out and about. Choose a face mask with multiple plies of fabric and a durable cotton material.

Hand Sanitizer

A good fragrance shouldn’t be the most important. Make sure you go with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. The alcohol will alter the bacterium from its original state, which helps ward off infections.

Antibacterial Wipes

People will be grateful if you give them antibacterial wipes. They can keep them right in their bag and use them to wipe down tables or door handles. It’s an easy way to stay safe!

Rubber Gloves

Some people feel more comfortable going to the grocery store or any other public place with rubber gloves. Give out a package with your thermometers.

Surgical Gowns

First responders and other essential workers need to wear protective clothing while with patients. A surgical gown will keep them covered.

Protective Eyewear

Any industrial worker knows how valuable it is to wear safety goggles. This protective eyewear is a must if you work closely with heavy machinery.

Door Opener Keychains

Be completely hands-free by using door opener keychains. These handy tools hook onto a handle, so you don’t have to worry about being exposed to any germs that were left behind.

Why Are Thermometers Important?

It may be surprising, but you can get a fever without even realizing it! A thermometer is your first step toward a proper diagnosis. If you are at 103°F of higher, it’s time to make a doctor’s appointment.

Thermometers are especially important during pandemics like COVID-19. In fact, many stores have completely sold out, and there’s been a shortage of high-quality thermometers around the country.

The Bottom Line

It’s a strange time we’re living in, and if the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic proved anything, it’s that you can never be too prepared. Health and wellness will always be in style, so start advertising your brand with something useful like custom thermometers!

About the author

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.