Electric blankets

This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to consumers. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

Buying an electric blanket
  • Ensure that it carries a recognised approvals mark, such as the British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB) mark, or the International Standard number EN 60967. It will be CE marked
  • There are different types of electric blankets including underblankets and overblankets, pre-heating blankets and all-night blankets. Check what is best for you. Pre-heating blankets are designed to pre-heat the bed and must be switched off or disconnected whilst the bed is occupied. All-night blankets have controls that allow safe all-night use
  • Don't buy or use a second hand electric blanket
Using an electric blanket
  • Read the instructions and use the blanket correctly
  • Check the blanket is not scorched, soiled or wet
  • Do not use underblankets on top of the bed covers (ie. above the occupant of the bed)
  • Make sure it is laid flat as folds or creases can damage the internal wiring and cause overheating
  • Make sure the lead and controller switch of underblankets are hanging freely and not caught up in the blanket or damaged, and the blanket is securely fitted to the bed
  • Switch off or unplug pre-heating underblankets before you get into bed
Looking after your electric blanket
  • Have your blanket inspected by the manufacturer or qualified electrician in accordance with their instructions. They usually recommend inspections every three years
  • Only wash or clean your blanket in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions
  • Check the blanket frequently for detached tie tapes, frayed edges, scorch marks and loose electrical connections
  • Phone the manufacturer to see if they carry out tests, and how much a test would cost, it is sometimes cheaper to buy a replacement periodically