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Electric Blanket Safety

Are you the type of person who’s always piling on the layers even when you’re inside? Do you find yourself frequently running to the thermostat to crank up the heat? Can’t seem to get warm even when you’re wrapped up in your comforter? If so, heating pads and electric blankets could be the solution you’ve been looking for. However, they are also the cause of approximately 500 fires per year. The safety tips below will help keep you warm and cozy all season long without causing a disaster in your home.

There’s nothing worse than having a bad case of shivers because of frigid temperatures during the winter time. If you’ve spent hours outdoors you’ve probably experienced a chill in your bones that you just can’t seem to shake. While lots of people rely on their thermostats to crank up the heat and provide a comfortable living environment, this can be costly. So what can you do to warm up? Consider a heating pad or an electric blanket when Mother Nature just won’t seem to cooperate with your preference in temperature.

Just be sure to follow these safety precautions:

  • With each use, check for dark, charred, or frayed spots on the blanket or heating pad.
  • Do not lay anything on top of the heating pad or blanket while it’s in use. This could cause them to overheat and cause sparks or smoke.
  • Don’t fold the blanket or pad while it’s warm. This can also cause them to overheat.
  • Keep in mind that electric blankets and heating pads should not be used simultaneously. Stick with one or the other.

It’s vital to exercise extreme caution when using any sort of heating device inside the home. If you have any questions about the functionality or safety of your devices, be sure to contact the electrical experts at Lon Lockwood Electric!