Electric blankets

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Choosing an electric blanket

  • Buy a new blanket from a reputable dealer
  • Look out for a UK Safety Standard Mark
  • Do not buy secondhand blankets, as they may not be safe and you cannot be sure they comply with current safety requirements

Using and storing your electric blanket

  • Read and follow the manufacturers instructions before use
  • Examine the blanket regularly for signs of wear or damage
  • Use the blanket only for the purpose the manufacturer intended. (i) Over blankets must only be positioned above the occupant of the bed; (ii) Under blankets must be only positioned under the occupant of the bed.
  • Don't use the blanket when folded or creased
  • Don't use a hot water bottle at the same time
  • Don't use if it is wet or damp
  • Don't use underblankets on adjustable beds
  • If the blanket is removed from the bed for the summer months don't fold it up, keep it flat or roll it up to store safely

If your blanket is more than 10 years old, you should consider disposing of it safely and buying a new one

Further information

Community Fire Safety

Telephone: 01743 260 200