For the most part, electric blankets are a very safe and cost-effective way of providing warmth and comfort in winter. This is particularly true if the blankets have an automatic shut-off feature or run on low voltage like the models offered at CozyWinters.
But just as with any other electric appliance that plugs into a wall outlet, electric blankets must be used with care in order to avoid potential short-circuiting, overheating, burning, and similar problems. Toward that end, here are some common electric blanket safety tips to keep in mind when using your warming product this winter:
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow all recommendations regarding usage and care.
- When plugged in and turned on, try to keep the blanket as flat as possible and avoid folding, creasing, or pinching the wires.
- Do not use if the fabric is frayed or worn through or if the wires or heating elements are exposed.
- Do not run the power cord or control cords under the mattress or under any rugs. Doing so could cause the protective coating to deteriorate, which would then leave the wires exposed.
- Turn off the electric blanket when unattended.
- Do not use electric blankets with infants, small children, or anyone insensitive to heat or unable to operate the controls on their own.
- Do not use electric blankets on waterbeds or mechanically adjustable beds.
- Be extra cautious when using electric blankets around pets, as the wires and cords may present chewing temptations.
- Frequently inspect your electric blanket throughout the season to ensure that it hasn’t incurred any damage and is still capable of operating safely.
Now that below-freezing overnight temperatures are a regular occurrence, you’re likely turning to your electric blanket to help keep you warm while you sleep. As long as you use the product as intended and follow the above safety tips, you should be able to enjoy the coziness and comfort of your blanket without incident for many years to come.