959 days ago

Suddenly The Nights Are Getting Chilly

The Team from Fire and Emergency New Zealand - Lower Hutt

It’s too soon to say that summer is over, but the nights are definitely getting cooler, and some of us are starting to think about getting that electric blanket back onto the bed.
For us, that’s a good time to remind everyone about these electric blanket safety tips because we know that worn and old electric blankets can cause a fire, and possibly even an electric shock.
So as you get yours out of the cupboard, have a good look at how safe it is, and if need be, replace it in those pre-winter sales that can’t be very far away.

• Worn and old electric blankets can cause an electric shock, fire and possibly even death.
• At the first sign of wear have your electric blanket checked by a qualified electrician.
• Replace your electric blanket every five years with newer heat-protected models, which are safer and more energy efficient.
• Don't place heavy objects on the bed while the blanket is on.
• Make sure the blanket is always flat on the bed and that controls or cords are not twisted or caught between the mattress and the base of the bed.
• Twisted cords are a common cause of electric blanket fires.

Keep yourselves and your loved ones warm this winter, keep safe, and remember, if the worst should happen in your home…

Get out and stay out
In a fire, get everybody out and call 111.
And whatever you do, stay out.

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