Take care when using electric blankets

Take care when using electric blankets at home in the bedroom.
Take care when using electric blankets at home in the bedroom.
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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue wants people to use electric blankets safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

The service is also urging people never to use an electric underblanket as an overblanket, or vice versa, keep all blankets flat to avoid damage and tie the blanket to the bed or mattress to prevent them from slipping or creasing.

It’s fairly cheap to replace an electric blanket so don’t take the chance with your home and family.

Steve Screaton, deputy community safety manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

Steve Screaton, deputy community safety manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “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, dispose of it at your local household waste recycling centre and buy a new one.”

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