Safety key with electric blankets
If you are uncertain about the safety of your electric blanket, then it is time for a new one.
As winter places its icy hands over Queenstown, Central Otago and surrounding areas, it’s time to prepare yourself for the inevitable cold weather that’s coming our way.
There’s possibly nothing worse than tossing and turning all night trying to keep warm.
Hot water bottles and wheat bags often don’t do the trick, so it’s time to invest in an electric blanket and make sure your current one, if you have one, is up to scratch.
Electric blankets, although convenient, can also be dangerous so making sure you are following the right safety steps is important.
If you can’t remember when you purchased your electric blanket then chances are it’s too old.
Most fires caused by electric blankets are blamed on those that are over 10 years old.
So if yours is not looking at its best, don’t risk it, get a new one.
You should always buy a new electric blanket and avoid second hand at all costs.
You don’t know the history of the blanket and it could be unsafe.
The internal coils of the blanket can get damaged which may cause a variety of problems out of your control.
This next tip should be common sense, but a gentle reminder is necessary. If you’re no longer in bed, turn it off.
If you are leaving the house, turn it off. An electric blanket left on all day is a recipe for disaster.
If you have an older electric blanket, it may not have an internal temperature gauge to measure when it gets too hot which could cause it to burn.
If you have stained or marked your electric blanket and think it needs a wash, then think again.
Your every day electric blanket is not capable of coming out of the washing machine without some internal damage.
The twisting, tugging, and turning action of the washing machine will damage the internal coils making it unsafe to use again.
The coils are very important for the safety of the electric blanket.
When winter is over and you are no longer needing that extra warmth the blanket provides, then how you store it is also very important.
If it is possible, lay the blanket flat in storage. If you have to fold it, try to avoid folding it more than twice to avoid bending or damaging the internal coils.
If your blanket gets wet, do not turn it on to dry it out, let it dry naturally or save all possible dangers by purchasing a new one. They don’t break the bank and safety is more important than spending a few extra dollars.
Replace any electric blanket that is worn or torn, where any cord is frayed or where the temperature control is damaged.
You can never be too picky when it comes to electric blanket safety.
When in doubt, throw it out.