Following a house fire in Boston last weekend, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is urging people to take care when using electric blankets this winter.
As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, many people will be digging out their electric blankets to keep them warm, but Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue wants people to be aware of the dangers.
Steve Screaton, deputy community safety manager explains: “A lot of people like to use electric blankets at this time of year but they can be dangerous, accounting for over 5,000 fires in the home every year.
“If you intend on using one make sure you take the time to check it over properly and spot any potential danger signs. This could be anything from fraying fabric and damp patches to damaged or missing tie tapes and exposed elements.
“It’s fairly cheap to replace an electric blanket so don’t take the chance with your home and family. If in doubt, bin it and buy a new one.”
Top tips for using your electric blanket safely:
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Never use an electric underblanket as an overblanket, or vice versa.
Keep all blankets flat to avoid damage.
Tie the blanket to the bed or mattress to prevent them from slipping or creasing.
Only leave a blanket switched on all night if the manufacturer’s instructions says it is safe to do so. If not, switch it off before you get into bed.
Never use your electric blanket if it gets wet and don’t be tempted to switch it on to dry it.