Electric Blanket Safety

Heating pads and electric blankets cause around 500 fires each year. Almost all of these fires involve electric blankets that are more than ten years old.

  • Heating appliances should never be left unattended or used while sleeping.
  • Do not plug electric blankets into an extension cord or power strip, as they could overheat and cause a fire.
  • Look for dark, charred, or frayed spots or electrical cords that are cracked or frayed. Replace any worn or old heating pads or electric blankets.
  • Never fold electric blankets when in use. Folded or tucked-in electric blankets could overheat and cause a fire.