Winter Wellness: Electric blankets and heaters

Posted about 3 weeks ago

As the weather becomes colder during the winter months, many people will be dusting off their electric blankets and heaters ready for use.

Although they are a great way to keep you warm, you need to be careful as can cause a fire risk. Here are a few tips on how to use them safely.

Electric heaters

If you use an electric heater to warm your home, ensure you turn this off before you go to bed. It should never be left on during the night.

Electric heaters should only be used for warming a room. You should not dry clothes on them. Make sure you keep the heater away from combustible materials such as paper, furniture or curtains.

Always ensure the heater is placed on a level surface, well away from anything that could knock it over.

It is also important that you don’t plug the heater into an extension lead, they can easily be overloaded and can cause a fire.

Electric Blankets

After you use an electric blanket make sure you unplug after every use. When you put it back into storage, avoid folding or crumpling the electric blanket. Instead, roll it and keep it in a cool, dry place. Alternatively, you can also hang it up.

If you use your blanket every night, simply leave it flat and unplugged on your bed like a regular blanket after use.

When you wash your electric blanket, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

All electric blankets last between 5-10 years, so you will need to replace after a maximum of 10 years.

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