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