How to keep out the cold with an electric blanket
As the weather gets colder, it becomes increasingly tempting to switch on your electric blanket. Electric blankets are perfect for keeping toasty on a winter’s night, so here are some facts and tips on how to use one to stay warm and cosy.
One of the most important things to remember when snuggling up with an electric blanket is how to use them correctly and safely.
The fabric used in electric blankets contains thin electric wires, and when the blanket is switched on, the wires heat up the fabric and the bed. Electric blankets can be set to a variety of temperatures, depending on how warm you would like it. The lower temperatures tend to be around 18 and 25 degrees celsius and can go as hot as 56 degrees celsius.
When purchasing an electric blanket, it’s always advisable to buy one that is brand new, rather than a cheaper second-hand option. It’s also good to check that the blanket includes overheat protection.
Before using your electric blanket, you should always read the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly – this includes the washing of the blanket.
It’s also essential to replace your blanket if it begins to show signs of wear and tear, and replace it every 10 years. Signs of damage to keep an eye out for are creasing or folding, loose connections, scorch marks, fraying fabric, exposed parts of the blanket, damp patches, worn flex, and missing or damaged tie tapes. To avoid damage to the wires, you should also roll your blanket if you need to store it away, rather than fold it.
If you are wanting your electric blanket to keep you warm all night, you should check it includes a special thermostatic control to make sure it’s safe to leave on.
One more tip to avoid a potential inconvenience; check the cord length of your blanket! It would be very frustrating to be looking forward to a nice cosy night, only to find the blanket won’t reach the bed.
To use your electric blanket, start by spreading it over the bed, and make sure that the controls are at the foot of the bed so they’re away from your head. Next, plug the cord into your blanket, then into the wall. Switch the controller to your preferred settings depending on how chilly you are!
Lastly, snuggle up and forget about the cold.