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Heated Blanket Safety - Spencer, MA

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Did you know that electricity is one of the most common causes of home fires?

During the winter months, we all just want to be cuddled up in bed or on the couch with a nice warm blanket. Maybe you even have an electric heated blanket.

When using your heated blanket, it is important to know how to handle the blanket safely to prevent injury or fire.

Even though technology has advanced, you should still take precautions when using one of these blankets.

Fire hazards associated with heated blankets:

  • Be sure all of the wiring components are intact, without fraying, or crimped cords.
  • It is important to make sure your heated blanket is in good condition before you use it.

If you see any signs of damage, do not use it.

Don’t place anything on top of the blanket, it could damage the coils.

Storing your heated blanket: 

Fold the blanket loosely, without and sharp folds.

Store it on a shelf, but without anything on top of it.

Always turn off your heated blanket before going to bed. – a tip from Derek E. Bell: turn it on a half hour before you plan on going to bed, then turn it off before falling asleep. The bed will be warm, and you’ll be safe through the night.

Leaving your heated blanket on for an extended period of time could eventually cause burns to your skin. Nobody wants that to happen! At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we just want you all to be as safe as possible this winter! 

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