Few things are cozier than curling up under an electric blanket, but did you know that this wonderful comfort item can also turn into a fire hazard? Modern electric blankets are very safe when used correctly, but there are still a few dos and don’ts that you should follow to avoid becoming one of the 500 or so house fires caused by electric blankets and heating pads every year:
DO Check Your Blanket’s Lifespan
Every electric blanket has a projected lifespan that is noted in the user manual or tag. Always check that when you pull the blanket out for the season, and replace the blanket if it’s aged out of safe use.
DO Check for Signs of Damage
Dark or charred spots, a damaged or frayed cord, or a control unit that doesn’t work properly are all signs it’s time for a new blanket. Also, if your electric blanket isn’t endorsed by Underwriter’s Laboratory, you might suddenly find yourself making use of Parker Young’s services.
DON’T Run the Cord Through Any Pinch Points
A pinched electrical cord is a fire hazard, so don’t use your electric blanket on adjustable beds, recliners or pull-out sofas. Here’s another pinch preventor: Don’t run the cord between the mattress and the box spring.
DON’T Leave the Blanket Alone
Feel free to get up for a glass of water or a quick trip to the bathroom, but if you’ll be away for longer than that, turn off and unplug your electric blanket before you go.
Follow these rules and you’ll enjoy years of safe warmth from your electric blankets. But if the worst does happen, give disaster repair services in Ellijay a call and we can help you put things back in order following any home fire, flood or other disaster.