There used to be many warning about falling asleep with an electric blanket on. The concern was that the device could become too warm and become a fire hazard. Indeed, there are many documented cases of blazes caused by electric blankets being left on.

Times have changed and developments have come along to provide some comfort for those who like a warmer bed. More modern versions have built-in safety features to reduce any dangers. There are still a few things to bear in mind, and we’ve put together a guide to help you sleep better.

The Knowhow

  • You are advised to replace your electric blanket at least once every ten years
  • Only use blankets that are fully approved by official UK safety organisations such as BEAB
  • Never use an electric blanket if it appears damaged, frayed, damp or is faulty in any other way
  • Always check your blanket is designed for all-night use
  • Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning and storage instructions carefully
  • These heating devices can produce electromagnetic fields (EMFs). People with medical conditions that could be affected by these, such as pregnancy, should consult their doctor before using the blanket
  • Some doctors advise that nobody should be exposed to EMFs for long periods of time. If you have any concerns, speak to your medical professional
  • People with conditions that can reduce sensitivity to pain, such as diabetes, should not use electric blankets due to the increased risk of receiving a burn
  • Electric blankets can cause the body’s temperature to rise, leading to dehydration and a disturbed night’s sleep
  • Always follow the user instructions carefully when using an electric blanket

Some blankets are now designed with adjustable heat settings, or can automatically turn off after a certain amount of time. These can provide an extra layer of security to put your mind at rest as you doze off. Today’s blankets are much safer than earlier models, but if you have any concerns just let the blanket heat your bed and then switch it off - there’s no need to lose any sleep over it.

Updated On:

Nov 21, 2011

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