Did you know that electric blankets cause thousands of injuries and fires a year with the majority to senior citizens?
An electric blanket can be a warm comfort on cold winter nights. However, a misused or damaged blanket can easily become an ignition source for fire. Electric blankets that are too hot or kept on one area of the body for too long also pose a real threat for burns which is a real concern for infants, the elderly, or anyone who might have difficulty sensing hot temperatures or moving the blanket away if it gets too hot.
An electric blanket is a blanket with an integrated electrical heating device. The blanket is usually placed above the top bed sheet. Another variation of the electric blanket is the electric mattress pad, which is placed below the bottom bed sheet. Electric blankets usually have a control unit which adjusts the amount of heat the blanket produces. Blankets for larger sized beds often have separate controls for each side of the bed. The electric blanket or under sheet heating pad may be used to pre-heat the bed before use or to keep the occupant warm while in bed. Newer electric blanket technology using nylon threads instead of wires have still experienced electric blanket recalls.
Have you or your family suffered electric blanket burns and injuries? Do you need to talk to an electric blanket lawyer?
Due to the combination of heat, electricity, the abundance of flammable bedding material, and a sleeping occupant, the use of electric blankets are of concern to fire safety officials internationally. Of primary concern are blankets that are older than 10 years and/or have been subject to damage, by creasing, flexing, fraying, or ordinary wear and tear.
Electric blankets also present a burn risk to those who cannot feel heat or are unable to react to it. Individuals included in this group are babies, small children, diabetics, and the elderly. Some individuals are concerned about electromagnetic radiation hazards produced by electrical appliances, including electric blankets.
Have you or your family suffered electric blanket burns and injuries? Do you need to talk to an electric blanket lawyer about an electric blanket lawsuit?