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Are Electric Blankets Safe? An FAQ Guide

Are electric blankets safe? Electric blankets are a great way to keep warm in winter, without spending heaps of money on heating systems. However, concerns regarding electric blanket safety are valid, as any electrical equipment comes with the chance of faults. At All Electrics, we’re dedicated to ensuring that our customers and readers have all the knowledge and assistance they need to make informed, safe decisions regarding their electricals. So, let’s go through some of the most common questions regarding electrical blanket safety. 

Are Electric Blankets Safe for Cats?

The answer to this one is – mostly. The issue with an electric blanket and cats is that cats, particularly kittens and younger cats, tend to play with long and dangling things, like the cord for your electric blanket. Keep the cable tucked away and you should be right.

Are Electric Blankets Safe for Bed Wetters?

Generally speaking, yes. The blanket will absorb the majority of the moisture before it can pose a risk. Urine is also salt-heavy, which makes it more difficult to conduct electricity. If you are still worried, play it safe and use a hot water bottle to heat the bed for a bed wetter.

Are Electric Blankets Safe to Leave on All Night?

While modern electric blankets are manufactured according to the most stringent safety standards, as with electric fan heaters, it is best to switch them off when you go to bed for the night. They are best used to warm your bed before you’re ready to sleep. Avoid risks where you can. 

Are Electric Blankets Safe for Kids?

Yes. An electric blanket poses no risk for children. Although as a rule of thumb, you should replace them every five years as they can become worn out with age. With that said, just remember that electric blankets shouldn’t be left on all night to avoid potential dangers, so make sure that you are attentive when your child is using one.

Are Electric Blankets Safe During Pregnancy?

There are some risks for a foetus if a pregnant woman overheats, but only during the first seven to eight weeks of pregnancy. Avoid electric blankets during this time to play it safe.

Are Electric Blankets Safe for the Elderly?

If your elderly relative is free of cognitive impairment such as Parkinson’s, dementia, Alzheimer’s or other issues, then yes, there is no risk to using an electric blanket. If they have any of these conditions, play it safe and find another way to heat their bedroom at night. 

Are Electric Blankets Safe With A Pacemaker?

Yes, an electric blanket is perfectly safe to use if you have a pacemaker. If your electric blanket is working correctly, there should be no risk whatsoever of it interfering with your pacemaker. This also applies to heat pads, microwaves, and most other domestic electrical appliances.

Are Electric Blankets Safe for Toddlers?

Yes, they are but follow the above advice of not keeping them on all night. Use them to warm up the bed before it is time for your toddler to go to sleep. You might wish to use a timer to ensure that they are switched off, as sometimes people become forgetful and don’t switch off the blanket at night time. 

Are Electric Blankets Safe for Dogs?

Again, like cats, young dogs or puppies may want to play with the cord or chew it. Ensure the cable is safely tucked away and your electric blanket will pose no risk for your canine friend. 

Summing Up

Electric blankets are generally safe to use for most people. They are manufactured to strict safety standards which means that if they are used according to instructions, they pose minimal risk to your families’ health and wellbeing.

However, you should always ensure that cords are tucked away from rambunctious pets who may be tempted to chew or play with them. 

Electric blankets are not suitable for elderly relatives if they have any cognitive impairments such as dementia or Alzheimers. 

And finally, remember that electric blankets are best used to warm up a bed before you go to sleep, so switch them off as you hit the hay or use a timer or set a reminder if you don’t think you will remember. Sweet dreams.

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