Electric blanket Safety

Before plugging it in....

As cold weather spreads across the country through the Autumn and Winter, many people will be dusting-off their electric blankets. but becareful, don't risk a fire. Electric blankets account for over 5000 fire a year in homes and you can prevent these by taking these simple steps.

Checking  your electric blanket.

•  Fraying fabric scorch marks

•  Exposed elements

•  Creasing or folding

•  Soiling

•  Damp patches

•  Tie tapes damaged or missing

•  Worn flex

•  Loose connections

•  An old BEAB safety mark - a round symbol (the new sign is white capital letters on a blanket background). This means it is more than 10 years old.

Buy a new electric blanket.

It's cheaper to replace a worn electric blanket than it is to replace your hme. And your family is irrreplaceable!! So if you are in doubt about the condition of your blanket, bin it and buy a new one.

You should replace your electric blanket at least every 10 years. Don't buy a second hand blanket. You need to look for the British or European standard and make sure it has a safety certification mark. Make sure the blanket has over-heat protection.

Store your blanket safety

Storing your blanket correctly will ensure you get the best from it. Don't fold electric blankets - it can damage the wiring. Better to roll them. Or you can store them by putting them on a spare bed. Electric underblankets can be left on your bed all year if you wish

•  Always follow the instructions to be sure you are using your blanket safely.

•  Never use an electric underblanket as an electric overblanket, and vice versa.

•  keep all blankets flat.

•  Tie electric underblankets to the bed or mattress- this stops them from slipping and creasing, which could damage them

•  Only leave the blanket switched on all night if it has thermostatic controls for safe all-night use. Otherwise switch it off and disconnect it befor you get into bed.

•  Don't get blankets wet, and if your blanket gets wet, don't use it. Never switch it on to dry it.