Do you know how safe your electric blanket is?

Here are some things to check before you turn the heat up

As we all look to keep our energy bills down whilst trying to keep warm this winter, some of us may be either digging out an old and pre-loved electric blanket or seeking to buy a new one. But do you know how safe it is? We recently did some electric blanket testing in Surrey and 86% of those tested were a fire risk.

Here are some safety tips to consider:

New electric blankets

  • When looking to buy an electric blanket it’s important to buy from a reputable retailer. Ensure the blanket carries a recognised approvals mark, such as the British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB) mark, or the International Standard number EN 60967. The blanket must also be CE or UKCA marked.
  • Don’t buy a second-hand electric blanket.

Using your blanket safely

  • Before using the blanket, read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Some can be used under the person in the bed others go over the top.
  • Check the electric blanket frequently for detached tie tapes, frayed edges, scorch marks and damaged or loose electrical connections and that the connector isn’t over-heating. Also make sure that the control doesn’t make a buzzing noise or give off a scorching smell.
  • Never use a hot water bottle in the same bed as an electric blanket, even if the blanket is switched off.
  • Unplug blankets before you get into bed unless they have a thermostat control for safe all-night use.
  • When storing an electric blanket, don’t fold it as this may damage the internal wiring. Store flat or rolled up.
  • Get your blanket tested by a qualified electrician at least every three years.
  • If your blanket is more than 10 years old, you should consider disposing of it and buying a new one. Blankets being disposed of should be taken to a recycling facility which accepts electric and electronic appliances.

We can test your blanket

Trading Standards are running some more testing events and if your blanket fails, It is quick and easy to do, so bring them along to get tested for free and get a new one courtesy of Dreams if your blanket fails. The testing is being funded and conducted by Electrical Safety First.

  • Monday 26 February, Woking Library, 10am to 4pm
  • Monday 27 February, Farnham Library, 10am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 28 February, Epsom Methodist Hall, 11am to 5pm

Testing will also take place in Buckinghamshire on Thursday 29 February at High Wycombe Library and Friday 1 March at Aylesbury Library from 10am to 4pm.

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