Electric Blankets are a great way to reduce pain and increase circulation while you sleep. Also, During the cold winter days there is something comforting about curling up in a really warm bed to relax. While Electric blankets are great, they can cause severe damage if not used properly. Here is what you need to know about electric blankets, and how to use them safely:

How Do they Work:

Simply, an electric blanket is a blanket that containing integrated electrical heating wires. In Canada, there are multiple variations of these devices such as; under-blankets, over-blankets, throws, and duvets. Similar to heating pads, electric blankets use an insulated wire inserted into the fabric that heats up when plugged in.


Fire Hazard 

With that being said, it is important for you to be aware of the fire hazards that can come with electric blankets. Newer safety features or modern blankets don’t excuse you from that. Crimping cords or wires can cause hot spots where a fire is more easily ignited. Which means users, should be aware and use with care to prevent the wires from unnecessary wear and tear.



There have been cases where an electric blanket overheats, causing severe burns. Overheating can also cause electrical components within the blanket to melt and create hot spots, as mentioned above. To avoid overheating, double check your blanket has a shut off mechanism and only use the blanket in room temperature environments. Rooms that are too hot or too cold cause cause confusion to the temperature sensor. Lastly, always turn off your electric blanket when your not using it, and never leave on over night.


Final Thoughts

Electric blankets should really only be used that will benefit. Those who suffer with heat sensitivity and diabetes should avoid using electric blankets. Those who are pregnant should always consult with their doctor first. Young children, seniors or anyone who can’t effectively read and follow the instructions should not use the electric blanket on their own. This will ensure that if anything should happen with the blanket, the user is able and capable to remove themselves from danger and unplug the device as soon as possible. Electric blankets can be very beneficial and comforting but always consider the risks of using one.


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