Electric blanket safety
Always follow manufacturers' instructions for using your blanket. This will help you use and store it safely and prolong the life of your blanket. Store it flat or rolled and do not store other objects on top of it.
Electric Blankets should be replaced every 10 years and tested every 2 years.
Always check your blanket for scorch marks, water damage, mould or exposed wires. If you see any of these on your blanket do not use it, replace it.
Never use a hot water bottle or drink fluids in bed when you have your electric blanket fitted to it. If you spill you drink or the water bottle leaks you will be mixing water and electricity.
Do not fold electric blankets.
Protect the wiring inside them by storing them flat or rolled up.
Do nott leave an electric blanket switched on all night, unless it is thermostatically controlled so it can be used all night.
Electric blankets should carry the British Standard Kitemark and the British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB) symbol on them.
The Danger signs - what to look for
Plugs or sockets that are hot to the touch
Plugs or sockets with scorch marks
Fuses that blow for no reason
Do not take chances with electricity. If you have any concerns, consult a qualified electrician immediately.