Over half of electric blankets fail safety test in Cookstown

Electric blanket
Electric blanket

Over half of the blankets tested at a recent electric blanket testing event organised by Cookstown HAP at the Hub in Cookstown failed.

The most common cause of failure were faulty enclosures in the blankets, which would allow the elements to move around and touch, and could potentially lead to a fire.

Other causes of failure were faulty controllers, poor storage and blankets being

over the age of 10 years old.

If you have an electric blanket and couldn’t bring it along to the recent testing

event, please read and follow the guidelines below • Always buy new – second hand electric blankets may not be safe

• To ensure your electric blanket is still safe to use, have it checked

by an expert at least every three years – or as recommended by the manufacturer

• If an electric blanket is more than 10 years old, consider throwing it away

and buy a new one

• Always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and follow them

• Never use an electric blanket with scorch marks or exposed elements

• Never use an electric blanket if it is wet or creased and do not switch it on to dry it out

• Never use a hot water bottle and an electric blanket together in the same

• Check the plug and cord for any signs of wear or damage

• Make sure the power is turned off at the wall and the electric blanket is unplugged if not in use

• Never use the electric blanket folded – always spread it out fully

• Keep the electric blanket stored carefully over the summer months – refer

to the manufacturer’s instructions

• Some electric blankets are designed not to be washed – always check the

manufacturer’s instruction

If you would like further information on electric blankets, please contact

Cookstown District Council, Burn Road, Cookstown, BT80 8DT or Telephone 028867 62205.