Fall Electrical Safety Tips – Part 2 (Heating Pads / Electrical Blanket)

ARC Electric Company will be posting electrical safety tips all throughout the holiday season to help keep our customers and their loved ones safe. Part 2 is touching on heating pads and electric blankets. I hate to admit I have one but I don’t use it often and try to follow all the tips to stay safe.
* Heating pads and electric blankets cause approximately 500 fires every year.
* A heating pad is placed directly on the mattress and an electric blanket is just a blanket that is heated. These are not meant to be used interchangeably or simultaneously.
Safety Tips:
** Look for dark, charred, or frayed spots or one where the electric cord is cracked or frayed. (below is pictures of a burnt blanket and heating pad)
** Replace any worn or old heating pad or electric blanket.
** Do not allow anything to sit on top of a heating pad or electric blanket when it is in use, as it may overheat.
** Never fold electric blankets when using, again it may overheat.
** Heating pads or electrical blankets should never be left unattended or while sleeping.

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