Now that it’s getting colder, many of us are getting out heavier weight duvets, throws and electric blankets to keep warm. But electric blanket safety is an issue. Did you know that more than 5,000 house fires each year are caused by faulty electric blankets?
In most instances, the electric blanket was already showing signs of needing to be replaced – but would you know what these signs are?
Electric blanket safety – 7 signs your blanket may no longer be safe
Bedding specialists Sleepy People have put together an infographic which highlights 7 signs which quickly and easily show that a blanket shouldn’t be used. It really isn’t worth taking a risk when you can get a new electric blanket relatively cheaply these days.
It’s definitely better to be safe (and warm) than sorry.
Here’s what you need to look out for when considering electric blanket safety.
- Is the fabric of the blanket frayed or worn at all?
- Does there seem to be any discolouration or scorch marks visible on the fabric?
- Are there any wires visible or poking out through the fabric?
- Is there any damage to the cable that runs between the power socket and the control to the blanket?
- Does the control make a buzzing sound when the blanket is turned on?
- Are there any creases or folds in the fabric?
- Is the blanket over 10 years old?
If your blanket shows any of these 7 signs, it is definitely time to replace it. Electric blankets should not be disposed of with general domestic waste but taken to a recycling facility which accepts electric and electronic appliances. Check with your Local Authority to find your nearest recycling centre.
If you have elderly parents, it might be worth giving their electric blankets a quick check. If yours are anything like mine, they will keep everything for as long as possible – even if things are less than safe.
If you are worried, an extra blanket and a hot water bottle with a protective cover might be a safer option.