Everything You Need To Know About Electric Blankets
On a cold winter’s evening, there can sometimes be no better feeling than turning on your electric blanket and later climbing into a warm, cosy bed and settling down for a great night’s sleep.
When you require that little bit of extra warmth, electric blankets really are fantastic in providing you with a more comfortable and snuggly night of peaceful sleep.
Electric blankets, alike many of our products here at Sleepy People come in all shapes and sizes and encompassing different features which can make knowing which electric blanket to go for that little bit trickier.
Using an electric blanket isn’t difficult, however, it is vital that they are used correctly and safely.
In this article, we’ll give you some useful top tips for how to use and store your electric blanket safely, as well as providing you with some advice when looking to purchase this product for your bed.
How do electric blankets work?
Electric blankets principally work by using integrated electrical heating wires which have been placed into the fabric. When the blanket is switched on, this activates the wires which then heats up the fabric and bed.
How hot will they become?
Electric blankets vary as to how hot they become and will usually include changeable heat settings to allow you to select different temperatures.
The lowest heat generally starts from between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius, rising to between 48 and 56 degrees Celsius.
Why shouldn’t I just use a hot water bottle?
You may be asking yourself why it wouldn’t just be easier and probably cheaper to use a hot water bottle over an electric blanket. The answer is that they differ quite a bit in how they work.
Not only do electric blankets heat up the whole of the bed as opposed to just one area, but the heat will continue until the blanket is switched off, unlike a hot water bottle which instantly loses heat as soon as you’ve poured the hot water into the bottle.
Safety tips when using your electric blanket
Electric blankets are fantastic, but only if they are used in the correct way. To help ensure that electric blankets are used safely, here are some of our top tips worth knowing before purchasing and using your electric blanket.
Always buy a brand new electric blanket as opposed to second hand one
Whilst the cheaper option might be to go for a second-hand electric blanket, for safety reasons this isn’t advisable, and we would therefore always recommend purchasing a brand new electric blanket.
Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
You should always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before using your electric blanket. When it comes to washing the blanket, consult the instructions to see what the guidelines suggest.
Your electric blanket should be replaced at least every 10 years
Keeping your electric blanket for longer than you should is potentially dangerous and is another fundamental safety tip to be aware of.
You should ideally change your electric blanket for a new one every 10 years, yet if your electric blanket is showing signs of wear and tear, then it’s best that you look to replace it straight away.
Don’t fold your electric blanket, roll it
Whilst your electric blanket can be left on your bed whilst not in use, as the warmer seasons approach, you may want to store your electric blanket. If you do wish to pack the blanket away, it’s always best to roll it, as folding the blanket could cause damage to the wires.
Keep the blanket flat to avoid damage
Ensuring that your electric blanket is kept flat whilst on the bed is another way of preventing the wires from becoming damaged.
It’s worth noting that if you are looking to purchase an electric blanket, many products such as our Silentnight Heated Fleece Memory Foam Mattress Topper includes corner straps to prevent the blanket from moving throughout the night.
Can I leave my electric blanket on overnight?
Electric blankets generally shouldn’t be left on overnight unless your blanket includes a special thermostatic control for safe use overnight. Always check the blanket’s guidelines ideally before purchasing it to check if it allows for use during the night.
Regularly check for signs of damage
Frequently checking your electric blanket for potential wear and tear is essential, as this will mean that you should really be looking to have it replaced. Here is a list of danger signs to be aware of as highlighted by www.fireservice.co.uk.
- Fraying fabric
- Scorch marks
- Exposed parts of the blanket
- Creasing or folding.
- Damp patches
- Tie tapes damaged or missing
- Worn flex
- Loose connections
For more safety tips for your electric blanket, head to Electrical Safety First.
Buying your electric blanket
Here are some of our top tips for when it comes to selecting and purchasing the best electric blanket for your bed.
Never buy or use a second-hand electric blanket
We’ve already highlighted the importance of purchasing a brand new electric blanket over a second hand one.
When choosing your new electric blanket, ensure that you look out for the British and European Standard, as well as ensuring that you can see a safety certification mark. It’s also a good idea to check if the electric blanket includes overheat protection.
Consider what heat options would be best for you
Electric blankets vary hugely, and each one will, therefore, include different heating options. Which one you go for will depend completely on what style of blanket is best for you.
Our Silentnight Teddy Fleecy Electric Blanket with soft fleece fabric for additional warmth is both a comfortable as well as cosy option, particularly for those frosty winter nights!
So consider how warm you want your bed to be and check for features such as an overnight heating option.
Always check the cord length
Having unpacked your new electric blanket and set it up on your bed only to find that the wire doesn’t reach your plug socket would be incredibly frustrating. Therefore, when purchasing your electric blanket, it’s always best to ensure that the cord is long enough to reach your nearest plug socket.
We hope you’ve found our guide for safely purchasing and using electric blankets useful as we progress into autumn and eventually winter. If you do have any more questions regarding safe use of electric blankets, or you would like some assistance in choosing a new electric blanket for your bed from our collection, then please don’t hesitate in contacting a member of our team here.