Electric Blanket Hazards & How To Avoid Them

Cat snuggled up in bed with a white pillow and gray quilted blanket

There’s nothing better than coming home at the end of a long day and snuggling up in a warm blanket. But did you know that electric blankets can pose a significant hazard? It’s true. Experts estimate that electric blankets are responsible for an average of 5,000 house fires annually.

Follow these tips to continue enjoying your electric blanket safely through the season:

 1. Check Your Facts

            You may think you know the best way to care for it, but it’s best to read your electric blanket’s product label.

            It’s also a good idea to check to see if a national testing laboratory has certified your blanket. If you cut off your tag to avoid unwanted scratchiness, don’t worry. You can also look up your blanket at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

2. Nobody Puts Blanket in a Corner

            You should never put anything on top of your electric blanket (this includes sitting on top of it). When this happens, it traps heat and creates an ignition risk.

            For this reason, electric blankets should always flat while in use. Bunching of the fabric creates a similar situation and subsequent ignition risk.

3. Don’t Hide the Cords

            We get it. Cords can be unsightly and ruin all of the hard work you’ve put into decorating your space. However, running wires beneath your mattress or behind your bed frame creates friction and traps excess heat.

4. Turn It Off Like a Light Switch

            As tempting as it may be to fall asleep cuddled up in the blanket’s warmth, it increases the risk of overheating the wires within. When your electric blanket isn’t in use, turn it off.

            If you often find yourself lulled to sleep despite your best efforts, consider a blanket with an automatic shut-off. You get all of the comforts with far less responsibility!

5.  Don’t Underestimate Damage

            Electric blankets aren’t a cheap purchase. So when you notice a little discoloration around the wires or twists within the blanket, you may not want to toss it. But these small changes are indicative of a problem that you shouldn’t ignore. Reduce your risk and replace it for a new one.

Did these tips leave you a little apprehensive? You can skip electric blankets all together when your heating system is at its best. Call Heating Specialties to set up a service appointment today. (866) 923-2653.