Electric blankets and fire safety.

If you – or a family member – uses an electric blanket to keep warm in bed, here's how to reduce the fire risks. 

Fire risks of electric blankets explained

Though electric blankets can be a great, cost-effective way to keep warm and cosy, it's important to use them with care.

6 top tips to use electric blankets safely

  1. Store electric blankets flat, rolled up or loosely folded to prevent damaging the internal wiring. 
  2. Unplug blankets before you get into bed, unless it has a thermostat control for safe all-night use.
  3. Never use an electric blanket if you have an air flow pressure relief mattress, or use emollient creams. Ask for non-flammable alternatives instead.
  4. If your blanket gets wet, don’t use it and never switch it on to dry it.
  5. Do not buy second-hand electric blankets.
  6. Check regularly for wear and tear and replace at least every 10 years.

Worried about energy costs?

If you – or a family member – is using an electric blanket because you're struggling with the costs of energy bills, it's worth knowing that there is a lot of help available. Citizens Advice provides lots of info about grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills or you can contact your energy company for advice. 

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