Getting into a warm bed on a cold night is one of life’s little luxuries. To help you enjoy your electric blanket safely, we’ve pulled together these important safety tips. Please take a moment to read through them.
1. Fitting your
Make sure it’s laid flat on the bed and tightly secured.
Check that the controls aren’t twisted or caught between the mattress and base.
2. Using your
Always turn off your electric blanket when you get into bed.
Regularly check that your electric blanket is laid flat and isn’t bunched up.
Regularly check that the controls aren’t twisted or caught between the mattress and base.
Never place any heavy objects on your bed when the electric blanket is on.
3. When not to use
an electric blanket
Do not use an electric blanket with:
- Infants or very small children
- People with disabilities
- Anyone who is immobile or cannot operate the
- Anyone insensitive to heat
- Anyone who cannot understand the operating directions.
Keep pets away from electric blankets that are warming a bed. Sharp claws or teeth may puncture the wire insulation or damage the wiring itself.
Do not use electric blankets with adjustable beds ('hospital beds'), Murphy beds, pull-out sofas, or reclining chairs where the electric blanket or the electrical cords could become pinched in the mechanisms.
It's recommended not to fold an electric blanket when you need to store it away. The best way to store an electric blanket is to roll it up.
Follow these steps to store an electric blanket:
- Unplug the controls from the wall (and from
the blanket if applicable).
- Check the blanket for any unusual things
such as exposed wiring, scorched fabric,
connector not well secured to the fabric, etc.
- Check the controls and cords for any
unusual things such as cracks in the plastic,
any darkened areas, any cuts or crimped
areas in the insulation.
- Loosely wrap the cord(s) either around the controls or in a separate loose coil. You may wish to bag the controls separately. If you do, keep the cord loose and be sure not to pinch the cord or put severe strain on it.
- Roll up the blanket gently, being careful not to put heater wires into a sharp, hard fold.
- Put the bedding and controls together in a large plastic bag and seal the bag (e.g. with a twist tie).
- Store the bag in a place that is rodent free until you need the bedding again.
- When you put it back into use, make certain that the blanket or pad connectors are connected tightly. Insecure connections may cause safety and reliability problems, like overheating or controller failure.
4. Care & Maintenance
Have your electric blankets tested annually by a qualified electrician. Worn and old electric blankets can cause electric shock, fire, and possibly even death.
Never iron your electric blanket. Ironing may melt the heating wire insulation.
Never dry clean or use cleaning fluid on your electric blanket. Dry cleaning solvents may damage the heater wire insulation.