Electric blankets

  • Graphic showing someone sitting on a bed with an electric blanket plugged in. they are holding a cup of tea. Image has a red cross to show this is not safe to do. Text reads: Keep liquids such as hot drinks and hot water bottles away from electric blanketsStore 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
  • Do not buy second hand blankets - they may not meet current safety standards
  • Check regularly for wear and tear and don't use if wires are visible or poking through the fabric
  • Don't use a blanket that has scorch marks or discolouration or if the control makes a buzzing sound when switched on
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and use the blanket as intended
  • Liquids and electric blankets don't mix - don't use a hot water bottle or bring drinks nearby while you are using your blanket