Electric Blanket Safety
With the nights still cold and people turning to electric blankets to keep warm at night, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is urging people to take extra care when using electric blankets to avoid the risk of fire.
Station Commander Alan Haley, Community Risk Department said "Although electric blankets aren't as popular as they used to be, people are still using them. I would like to urge electric blanket users to inspect their blankets on a regular basis. Check the blanket and lead for signs of wear and tear, and stop using it immediately if the lead is worn, or you can see any missing connections, exposed elements, scorch marks or water damage, or any creasing or folding."
He continued: "I would advise electric blanket users not to take hot water bottles or drinks to bed with them, as any leaks or spills on the blanket could result in a dangerous mix of water and electricity".
Station Commander Haley recommended that electric blankets should be tested every year and replaced every 10 years, and that the manufacturer's instructions are carefully followed to ensure safe use and storage.
He concluded "For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe and secure. During a free Home Fire Safety Check, electric blanket safety is discussed along with other vital safety advice. If you have a family friend, or a relative that would benefit from a free Home Fire Safety Check then give us a call on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference NEWS to see if they would qualify for a check.
Senior Community Risk Administrator