“Electric blankets and heaters can overheat, cause an electric shock or spark and start a fire,” Mr da Silva said. “Last year alone 40,000 faulty electric blankets were recalled in Australia and more than 41,000 potentially faulty heaters were recalled.
Can you leave electric blanket on all night?
While a modern, well-maintained electric blanket is unlikely to cause problems with proper use, it is not recommended to keep electric blankets on all night. Instead, it’s helpful to use electric blankets to warm up your bed before you get in and turn them off before you fall asleep.
Is it okay to sleep on top of an electric blanket?
Always keep the blanket on top of you, never placing it underneath you. If you put the blanket beneath your body, it could damage the internal coils. Always turn off and unplug the electric blanket after using it. Also, immediately unplug the blanket if you see discoloration or smell smoke.
What are the side effects of using an electric blanket?
It can also result in numbness. Any of these symptoms can have the net effect of interfering with an individual’s sensitivity to heat, particularly while sleeping. This makes it possible to become overheated while sleeping with an electric blanket, or even suffer burns in areas of direct contact with the appliance.
Can electric blankets cause nerve damage?
One of the potential risks of using electric blankets is inadvertently overheating the body. Electric bedding should never be used for an infant or someone who is immobile. Certain medical conditions, including diabetes, can result in neuropathy, which arises from damage to the peripheral nerves.
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