Here at CDHHP, we understand the importance of keeping warm, especially as the cold weather starts to set in. We also understand why you would want to be warm and comfortable in bed. However, it is important to recognise the dangers that electric blankets can present if you don’t know what to look out for. Electric blankets cause more than 5,000 fires every year so it’s important to stay safe.
When it comes to electric blankets, there are a number of danger signs to look out for, including:
- Fraying fabric
- Scorch marks
- Exposed elements
- Creasing or folding
- Damp patches
- Tie tapes damaged or missing
- Worn flex
- Loose connection at plugs or controls
- Damaged Plug or mains lead
Electric Blanket Facts:
- Always buy your electric blanket new.
- Always follow the instructions.
- Get your electric blanket tested at least every 3 years.
- Check the BEAB safety mark. New blankets will have a safety mark that includes white capital letters on a black background. If your blanket has a round safety mark, it is likely that it will be more than 10 years old and needs to be replaced.
- Most electric blankets are not designed to be washed.
- Never use a hot water bottle and an electric blanket at the same time. You risk being electrocuted.
- Do not get your electric blanket wet. If it does get wet, do not switch it on to dry it.
- Do not plug your electric blanket into an adapter or a multi-socket block with other appliances.
- Unplug your blanket before bed unless it has a thermostatic control.
- Look for blankets with an overheating protection system that cuts the power off if the electric blanket overheats.
- Never use an electric under blanket as an electric over blanket or vice versa.
- Tie electric under blankets to the bed/mattress to stop them slipping and creasing, which can cause damage.
- Store your electric blanket carefully when it is not in use.
- Hold your blanket up to the light. The wires should be evenly spaced apart and should not touch each other anywhere.
- People with diabetes and other conditions that reduce sensitivity should avoid electric blankets as they can be burned without being aware of it.
There are a variety of different places that you can go to have your electric blanket tested. Age UK tend to run electric blanket testing events, as well as other charities and community groups.
Don’t risk your life to keep warm; get your blanket checked today!