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Testing, buying, using and storing your electric blanket

Danger signs

Have your blanket checked or buy a new one if:

  • it displays the old BEAB safety mark - a round symbol - this will be over 10 years old and will not comply with the latest safety standard
  • the fabric is worn or frayed
  • the blanket has scorch marks anywhere
  • the tie tapes are damaged or missing
  • the flex is worn or damaged
  • any connections are loose
  • you are in any doubt 

 

Remember, older blankets are more likely to have one or more faults.

Testing your electric blanket

  • have your blanket inspected by the manufacturer or a qualified electrician, every three years
  • contact the manufacturer to see if they carry out tests, and how much a test would cost, it is sometimes cheaper to buy a new blanket

Buying an electric blanket

  • always buy new, second-hand blankets may not be safe
  • look out for the European certification mark, such as the new British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB) safety mark on the blanket and packaging - this will mean it conforms to the latest European safety standards
  • make sure the blanket has an overheating protection system - this offers an additional level of safety (all new blankets now have this feature)

 

Using your electric blanket

  • always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully 
  • older underblankets, designed only for pre-heating, must be switched off and disconnected before getting into bed 
  • never use an underblanket as an overblanket
  • make sure the underblanket is kept flat - tie it to the mattress where appropriate
  • never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket
  • never use the blanket if it is wet or creased
  • never switch it on to dry it out
  • only leave a blanket switched on all night if it has thermostatic controls for safe all-night use

 

Storing your electric blanket

  • an underblanket can be left tied to the bed all year round
  • to store an overblanket for the summer, roll it or fold it with as few creases as possible and keep it in a dry place
  • store separately from other bedding if possible, or keep on top to avoid it being creased and damaged
  • either type of blanket can be stored by putting it on a spare bed - but make sure it stays dry and flat

 

If you know an elderly person who uses an electric blanket, help them follow the advice above.

Related resources

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