Electric Blankets

Electric blankets

When looking to buy an electric blanket it is important to buy from a reputable retailer and to check that it has the UK Safety standard mark. Don’t buy second-hand blankets as they may no longer meet safety standards

  • Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions before use, and use as intended
  • Examine your blanket, plug and cord regularly for signs of wear or damage
  • Liquids and electricity don't mix, so never have drinks or use a hot water bottle whilst using your electric blanket
  • Never use the electric blanket folded – always spread it out fully
  • Keep the electric blanket stored carefully - refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on how best to do this
  • Unplug them before bed unless they have a thermostat control for safe all-night use

For further advice visit Electric Safety First

Before you use your blanket make sure that it (or it's cord) does not show any of the following danger signs:

  • fraying fabric
  • scorch marks
  • exposed elements
  • creasing or folding
  • soiling
  • damp patches
  • tie tapes damaged or missing
  • worn flex
  • loose connections
  • an old BEAB safety mark (which appears as a round symbol, meaning the blanket is more than 10 years old). The new safety mark appears in white capital letters on a black background.

If you are in any doubt about your blanket, contact the manufacturer before you use it to make sure that it is safe. It may need to be replaced.